Simon Penrose returns with the latest update in his ‘Next Generation’ series. Updates from his player focus and who else has been impressing in Europe this week?
Another week of fixtures and another week of appearances from the bench for Ezequiel Ponce and Giovani Lo Celso while Giovanni Simeone struggled to make an impact in Fiorentina’s defeat to Sampdoria.
At present, it is hard to see Marcelo Bielsa winning a game, let alone giving Ponce a chance in a side that is clearly disjointed and struggling. Lille managed a 1-1 draw away to Angers but are taking time to adjust to their new manager and in the meantime opportunities for Ponce are limited.
The impending transfer of Kylian Mbappé to Paris Saint-Germain looks likely to only stifle Giovani Lo Celso’s already limited game time further and the options that the PSG owners’ wealth brings are clearly hindering a mercurial talent from shining.
Fiorentina are a club in transition and it will take Gio Simeone a few games to get up and running but he must take his chances in front of goal after the Viola slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against Sampdoria.
However, in the midst of this doom and gloom there were some bright moments from the weekend as Ángel Correa and Luciano Vietto impressed in attack for Atlético Madrid in a 5-1 win over Las Palmas.
Correa scored for the second week running to put Atleti ahead but linked up well with compatriot Vietto, who is yet to show what he can do under Diego Simeone.
Former Boca Juniors striker Jonathan Calleri headed a consolation for Las Palmas as Atlético ran away clear winners.
And away from the pitch there is significant anticipation over the movement of three players who may well be featuring in this article in the upcoming weeks and months.
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