Another of Argentina’s promising new generation, who despite the failures at youth level has managed to make a name for himself. Racing Club’s Brian Mansilla had already shown glimpses of his talent on loan at Quilmes but announced himself to a wider audience tearing down the left at the Sudamericano, for La Albiceleste’s under-20s.
Bags of pace and an attacking threat, Mansilla was on the radar of Dutch giants Ajax after the tournament in Ecuador but is back in Avellaneda now and with Marcos Acuña gone, the 20-year-old will be aiming to build on his frequent substitute appearances.
For a 21-year-old goalkeeper Agustín Rossi has racked up a remarkable amount of experience and his outstanding displays earned him a move to Boca Juniors this year, resulting in the Chacarita Juniors academy product lifting the Primera title.
Shortly after his senior debut with Chaca, Rossi headed to Estudiantes and while his path to the first team was blocked, with the Argentina under-20s and on loan at Defensa y Justicia, the young stopper regular impressed. So when Guillermo Barros Schelotto was in need of a number one to hold Boca’s grip at the top of the Primera, Rossi was a reliable option.
In what was a poor Unión side, and one of the worst attacks in the league last season, Franco Soldano still managed to come out with six goals and some credit to his name, which is perhaps testament to his talent.
Since making his senior debut at fifteen for lower league club Unión de Sunchales, Soldano has looked a regular source of goals and while his hold-up play and heading ability is good, it is in the penalty box that the 22-year-old comes alive, where he has a predatory knack of finding space and finding the net.
Las Palmas will this season provide Hernán Toledo with an opportunity to prove that his leap to European football didn’t come too soon after a frustrating year since Fiorentina plucked the talented youngster away from Vélez Sarsfield.
The academy product had been in terrific form and as an exciting, attacking player who could dribble past defenders with ease and spot a pass, it was easy to see what attracted the Viola. However, after a year of inactivity and an underwhelming loan to Lanús, it’s now time for the 21-year-old to demonstrate what he can do once more.
Breaking into the first team at one of Argentine football’s grandes isn’t easy and even for the hugely talented Tomás Conechny, a handful of sub appearances has been all the 19-year-old could muster. It has been in the reserves and progressing through the Argentina youth sides that the boy from Chabut has really made his name.
A stocky build, a decent burst of pace, the trickery to get out of tight spots and a powerful shot, Conechny can play across the attack and if chances don’t present themselves soon with Los Cuervos, a loan move would be hugely beneficial.
The rest of the countdown is coming soon so keep your eyes peeled.