Next generation: Driussi & Vada impress, Lo Celso & Ponce have to bide time & Simeone looks set for big move


Simon Penrose returns with the latest update in his ‘Next Generation’ series. Who has been impressing in Europe this week?

Well, another weekend gone and another superlative performance from Sebastián Driussi. The 21-year-old just seems to get better and better with every game played, the bonus being that Mancini is giving him a full 90 minutes to show his worth.

The grace and elegance that Driussi plays with is destroying the Russian league and it is only going to be a matter of time before he starts scoring regularly to give him the full acknowledgments that he deserves.

Emmanuel Mammana and Leandro Paredes are also impressing week by week, the latter notching his first goal with a fine goal from the edge of the box in Zenit’s 4-0 victory.

Whilst Driussi gets plenty of game time, Giovani Lo Celso sits warming a very strong and deep bench at Paris Saint-Germain: begging the question, surely it makes sense to loan him and get him some games? A waste of such a wonderful talent.

Ezequiel Ponce also saw the bench for 90 minutes this weekend and despite Lille going down to nine men and being crushed 3-0, his playing time at present appears limited. He could do better than pray for Nicolas De Preville’s potential move to the English Championship or another Ligue 1 club.

Gio Simeone looks finally to have got his wish of a move to a ‘bigger’ club in the form of a €18 million transfer to Fiorentina. Genoa are understood to have accepted terms with the Viola and River Plate are set to make a cool €5 million from their cut of a deal which should be concluded this week.

Having scored 12 goals in Serie A last season replacing AC Milan bound Nikola Kalinić at Fiorentina will provide a greater platform to impress upon Serie A his considerable talents. It will be fascinating to see how he figures in a much changed line-up in Florence.

While many of the European leagues are yet to get underway, one player that is already up and running and in fine form is 21-year-old Valentín Vada in Ligue 1.

A box to box midfielder who Bordeaux have put a great deal of their faith in, Vada scored a great goal this weekend in a victory of Metz and put his stamp on a game that for periods looked like slipping out of Bordeaux’s hands.

There will be more ‘Next Generation’ every week so keep your eyes peeled.

Simon Penrose, a 30 something football nut from South-West England. Love football and reading. Have loved River Plate since I signed Javier Saviola on Championship Manager. I look forward to any comments, positive or negative.

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