Darren Paul (@AuedsTouch) catches up on a Racing favourite already making waves in Portugal…
Some may have wondered how well Marcos Acuña would get on in his new surroundings and if he would be facing a significant step up playing in Europe. It would seem that El Heuvo has settled incredibly well and continued his fantastic form from the last 18 months with the vital goal against Steaua Bucharest that sent Sporting into the UEFA Champions League knockout stages.
Acuña, the powerful left winger who excels at crossing and from dead ball situations, has been handed the number nine shirt at Sporting, previously worn by current Leicester City striker Islam Slimani, a sign of how highly the 25-year-old is thought of.
Acuña has started all three Primeira Liga games thus far and notched an assist on his league debut in a 2-0 win over Aves as well as going close himself on multiple occasions.
In Sporting’s 5-0 drubbing of Vitoria Guimaraes, Acuña was again at the centre of things as his pin-point accurate free kick created the space for the second goal headed in by Bas Dost and in the 5-1 victory over Steaua Bucharest, the Argentina international created the first goal before scoring an irresistible goal that settled the tie.
Marcos Acuña has started life in Portugal incredibly well as Sporting sit joint top of the Portuguese League table after three rounds and are in a Champions League group where Huevo will have the oppotunity to display his talents against two of the biggest sides in the world, Barcelona and Juventus.
There are two questions that stand out around Acuña, how long can he keep up this form and how long could Sporting keep hold of him?
Acuña was somewhat of a late bloomer (in modern footballing standards) joining Racing Club from Ferro in mid 2014 and establishing himself as a starting left midfielder in early 2015 when Ricardo Centurión was sold. Since that time Acuña has gone from strength to strength as a footballer and is rightly being acknowledged as one of the best under the radar players in the game today.
The sky’s the limit for Marcos Acuña, who turns 26 in October. If Huevo can continue the form he has been in for the last 18 months, and there seems no reason for that to change, don’t be surprised if one of the bigger clubs in Europe come calling for him. Acuña’s game is uniquely suited to European football, his pace, strength, passing and crossing is all of a very high standard and he has a tremendous workrate. Traits desired by every club in the world.
I look forward to seeing Acuña continue to develop in Europe and for his role with the Argentine national team to expand over the coming months and years. It is great to see one of Argentina’s hardest working and most level headed footballers is finally getting the recognition he deserves.
Darren Paul is a UK based fan of Racing Club, most frequently found waxing lyrical about the first touch of Luciano Aued on a Saturday night. Fan of all tiers, all genders, all forms of the Argentine domestic game.