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?
After a weeks rest for the international calendar, the European leagues were back with a bang and so were Argentina’s bright young things. Giovanni Simeone lived up to his hype with a lovely goal after two minutes to set Fiorentina off against Verona in their 5-0 victory. A real poachers effort, Simeone capitalised on a goalkeeping error to stroke home his first goal for the Viola. Hopefully now, the Florence faithful can see the talent that propelled him to net 16 goals last season and possibly even push the 22-year-old towards the Argentinian squad.
West Ham’s misfortune with Jonathan Calleri certainly appears to be Las Palmas’ gain as the lithe striker scored again on Monday as Las Palmas beat Malaga away. A beautiful finish as he held off a defender and fired into the top of the net, Calleri is showing the potential that he failed to do in England.
A versatile centre-forward, who can play up front alone, with outstanding movement and crucially now with confidence, now has two La Liga goals in three games. When he is on form like that, its hard to believe that he couldn’t produce the same level of performance with the Hammers or that perhaps the Premier League club didn’t persevere more.
Next Generation’s other young Argentine players to watch are slowly but surely making impacts; both Giovani Lo Celso and Ezequiel Ponce were named on Paris St Germain’s bench and Lille’s bench respectively, but only Lo Celso saw game time. However, with the riches that PSG possess, this in itself is a major statement to the lengths that Emery rates him.
Meanwhile, as the season starts to take shape and the Argentinian talent across Europe starts to flourish, I am sure that some gems will arise over the coming weeks. Thanks for all your comments and tweets, keep them coming!
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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.
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