Icardi leads way for new-look Argentina under Sampaoli: A look at six of the new faces

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Not that much confirmation was needed after weeks of speculation but Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli has now admitted that once everything is agreed between the Argentine Football Association and the Spanish club, he will take his ‘dream’ job and lead La Albiceleste.

Argentina’s World Cup qualification remains under threat and the squad that has stagnated somewhat since suffering defeat to Germany in the 2014 Final is in desperate need of a shake-up.

Sampaoli is thought to be an admirer of much of the current group so there may not be a complete overhaul but the Copa America winning coach’s more dynamic system and some fresh blood will hopefully breathe life back into a national team that has grown distant from its own supporters.

Sampaoli has said he has not selected the squad for the upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Singapore but the onus on attack and certain new faces have all the hallmarks of Don Sampa. Here are six interesting new additions….

Mauro Icardi

Finally Mauro Icardi’s international exile appears to be over. It’s been three-and-a-half years since Alejandro Sabella handed the striker his debut amid suggestions that Julio Grondona instructed the call-up to ward off interest from Italy. But since that brief cameo, the Inter Milan forward’s club form has been largely ignored, fueling rumours that the Maxi Lopez friends club within the squad have put the breaks on any further appearances.

A new era and obviously a new frame of mind has now seen Icardi drafted in for the upcoming friendlies provided the centre-forward shakes off a thigh strain. 24 goals and eight assists this season in a struggling Inter side just go to prove Icardi’s influence in front of goal and with question marks over Argentina’s current crop of target-men, now might be the time to reproduce this on the international scene.

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