The Golazo 50 2017 continues as we now reach the top 20.
In case you missed it here are the picks so far…
Weighing in with expert opinion on the latest two in the countdown are Dan Edwards and Daniel Fraiz-Martínez.
Atlético Tucumán’s remarkable first season in the Primera after promotion and their path all the way to qualification for the Copa Libertadores perhaps wasn’t built on individual stars but of those that shone brightest, Leonel Di Plácido certainly stood out.
The 23-year-old came through the ranks at Buenos Aires club All Boys but has spent the past 18 months in Tucumán after El Decano had sealed a historic return to the top flight and it proved to be a masterstroke. A consistent performer, Di Plácido brought all the energy and pace that is expected of a modern full-back and impressed against Argentina’s biggest clubs as Atlético continued to punch above their weight.
Chalking up five assists last season, the width that Di Plácido provided for El Decano was an important weapon and provided the likes of Fernando Zampedri and Cristian Menéndez with plenty of ammunition in attack. However, that is not to say that Mochila neglects his defensive duties and even during a slightly underwhelming campaign as a team last season, Di Plácido still won back possession more than five times a game on average.
With his loan expired, a return to All Boys impossible and plenty of big sides hovering, Lanús eventually swooped in preparation for José Luis Gómez’s (one from last year’s Golazo 50) departure. Having watched Gómez break into Jorge Sampaoli’s plans, El Granate have now added one of the best possible replacements from the Primera and there is no reason why another attacking full-back couldn’t provide competition in the national team set-up.
“With Argentina’s defence and full-back positions in need of reinforcing, Sampaoli may just have a solution that has been hidden away in Tucumán for the past season and a half. Leonel Di Plácido has the pace and potency down the wing that marks him out as a real prospect in a position where few clubs boast game-changing talent and where La Albiceleste have been crying out for a full-back who attacks with the energy and skill of a Dani Alves or Marcelo.
Such is Di Plácido’s prowess in the final third, El Decano have even thrown him forward into a number ten role on occasion when in need of a goal and while an Argentina call might be a little premature at the moment, it will come as no surprise if Sampaoli tries him out bombing down the right.”