Simon Penrose returns with the latest update in his ‘Next Generation’ series. Who has been impressing in Europe this week?
Another week in, and fleeting substitute appearances were all that Ezequiel Ponce and Giovani Lo Celso were restricted to in Ligue 1. Lo Celso finally got six minutes of playing time to try and turn on the style for a Paris Saint-Germain already 5-2 up against Toulouse. Needless to say, he did not manage to score and in all fairness, barely touched the ball. Ponce tottered on for a longer period but sadly failed to make an impact.
Giovanni Simeone’s Fiorentina had a tough contest away at Inter and were duly beaten 3-0, Simeone himself had some nice touches but nothing more to make enough of an impact.
However, as an aside Mauro Icardi scored twice in the game to celebrate his call-up to Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina squad. On the pitch and on his day, there are very few strikers and leaders better than Icardi and this will hopefully prove to be the start of a long international career.
Zenit’s love-in with Sebastian Driussi has slightly faltered this week as his two appearances (one in the Europa League) failed to muster any goals but his shining star remains high. The Argentine contingent at the Russian club continues to grow with the signing of Emiliano Rigoni, an exciting midfielder with an eye for goal and Mancini’s Argentine scouts seem to be picking up some of the country’s best talents.
The enfant terrible Lucas Ocampos (still only 23!) after scoring last weekend, missed a chance to win Marseille the game and then promptly got sent off as in his side’s 1-1 draw with Angers.
A suitable snapshot of Ocampos’ chaotic career so far, just as his Marseille move was looking so promising. Suspension for this wild challenge will set him back a couple of steps in a season that was supposed to ‘kick-start’ his career.
Ángel Correa, who in contrast to Ocampos is a mercurial talent ready for a huge season at Atlético Madrid, scored a beautiful goal against Girona and with Antoine Griezmann’s dismissal, Angelito should see some much needed game time.
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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.