The financial problems at the AFA and the resulting players’ union strike means that Primera football won’t be returning this weekend after all but hopefully at some point in the near future we will be able to get back to talking about action on the field. In the meantime, after plenty of transfer activity, here are six players who will be vital to their clubs over the next few months.
Ricardo Centurión – Boca Juniors
Boca’s season gradually gathered momentum after suffering defeat on the opening weekend but after finding their groove, going unbeaten for the remainder of the year and celebrating a famous victory in the Monumental, the talismanic Carlos Tevez departed for China. Guillermo Barros Schelotto is all too aware that with no Copa Libertadores distraction, lifting the Primera title is paramount and without Tevez driving Boca forward, much of the on-field responsibility will fall to Ricardo Centurión.
Usually operating out wide while Tevez roamed as the side’s number ten, Centurión looks likely to be given that license to move inside and provide the creativity behind either Darío Benedetto or Walter Bou.
Questions will always be asked of the 24-year-old’s mentality but there is no doubting his talent. The former Racing youngster already has five league goals this season and will now need to add even more end product to his game. Amid a highlights reel of nutmegs and trickery, Centurión provided only one assist and if he is to replace Tevez effectively, this must increase.
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