If you missed it already, the countdown of the Golazo 50 2017 began last week so you can catch 50-46 here and if you don’t know what this is, it is the annual look at the 50 best young players in Argentina.
All the information about the list is in the first part so let’s get on with part two: 45-41…
Jonathan Silva seems to have been around for ages and despite not yet fulfilling his potential, the fact that he is young enough to still make this list is evidence of just how much the full back could still achieve.
After excelling as a teenager with Estudiantes, a switch to Sporting perhaps came a little too soon and so despite making an international debut already, Silva took the perceived backward step last season of returning to Argentina on loan. Competition at Boca in the form of Frank Fabra was fierce but the 23-year-old finished the season strongly as Los Xeneizes lifted the title and Silva is now back in Lisbon.
The latest in a string of Argentine players to fall foul of CONMEBOL’s doping tests after international competition, Independiente defender Jorge Figal is now spending a spell on the sidelines and after an impressive season, it’s a real shame for both the 23-year-old and El Rojo.
Despite not being the tallest, Figal is a powerful centre back and after the sale of club captain Víctor Cuesta, ably stepped up to play an important role in the Primera’s best defence. Comfortable on the ball and a strong presence, the academy product benefitted hugely from a loan at Olimpo and will now be eager to return to action.
The wonderkid tag has been stuck with Maxi Romero since before he even made his senior debut for Vélez Sarsfield and while Arsenal’s reported interest came and went with a serious knee injury, this summer has seen Liverpool linked with a move for the teenage centre forward.
A powerful, all-rounder, who can run in behind but also hold the ball up and pose an aerial threat, Romero scored twice for El Fortín last term. With relegation still a threat this year, Vélez will need to see more and providing the goals to do this should be the target ahead of any premature European move.
Those that haven’t been paying much attention to Boca Juniors’ academy sides over the past few years would have been excused for not knowing what to expect from Marcelo Torres before the under-20 Sudamericano in January. However, Chelo’s five goals helped Argentina secure a spot at the World Cup and suggested Boca have another talented number nine on their books.
Quick, physical and a predatory finisher, Torres now needs to take this into senior football and if that doesn’t come at La Bombonera then a loan spell to another Primera club would be hugely beneficial.
When an outrageously talented, young playmaker helped River Plate to the under-17 World Club Championship in 2013, European clubs took notice. Despite Tomás Andrade flirting with the likes of Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, having a trial with Everton and actually joining Bournemouth on loan in 2015, the 20-year-old remains at the Monumental.
With a delightful drop of the shoulder and a cultured left foot there is more than a resemblance to former River star Andrés D’Alessandro but even after the iconic Cabezón left the club at the end of 2016, Andrade is yet to step into his boots.
The rest of the countdown is coming soon so keep your eyes peeled.
Thanks to Daniel Fraiz-Martinez, Tom Robinson, Sam Kelly, Armando Danga, Rupert Fryer, Nick Dorrington and a host of other people who have voiced their opinions or written sections in the upcoming parts.