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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Santiago Ascacibar, a 20-year-old defensive shield who mops up Verratti-esque has moved to VFB Stuttgart where his opportunities in a newly promoted side will be plentiful.
An exciting talent moving to a side where he will play regularly is something to be relished. Stuttgart are going to see an all-action battler who will break up play and develop quickly.
Prolific River Plate goalscorer Lucas Alario’s protracted move to Bayer Leverkusen now looks set to go through with the Bundesliga club carrying out a medical and paying the hefty release clause despite Los Millonarios’ protests.
The switch to Germany should give the mercurial striker a chance to perform at a high level and show any doubters that may remain some of his great goals and all round superb play.
Racing face a battle to keep hold of striker Lautaro Martínez and a possible move to Atlético Madrid, joining up with Diego Simeone and his Argentine contingent would be as exciting as any move this window.
The 20-year-old is a great talent and should develop hugely under Simeone’s tutelage. Considering his tender age, there is a great deal of excitement about this kid.
Just a few of the confirmed and expected moves are listed here, but it has definitely been an exciting window for young Argentinian talent.
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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