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?
The top leagues in Europe decided to play an extra game in the week and as always Argentine young players were at the forefront of action across the continent.
Angel Correa chalked up his third goal of the season in La Liga in Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 win over Athletic Club on Wednesday. A relatively simple finish after some fine build-up play in midfield, the 22-year-old is going from strength to strength.
It has taken some time but Correa is now beginning to show his true potential under Diego Simeone and with a run in the team is proving just how valuable he could be to Atleti.
Sebastián Driussi got back on the scoresheet after a few games without a goal for Zenit St Petersburg in a 3-0 win over Ufa on Monday. A goal created in River Plate, Matias Kranevitter’s exquisite through-ball found the beautifully timed run of Driussi and the first time finish set Zenit on their way.
Zenit’s formula of picking off the cream of Argentinian talent this summer already seems to be paying off. The likes Driussi and Rigoni may well be on the radar of major European teams in six months time.
Santiago Ascacibar started in his first game in the Bundesliga for Stuttgart in a 1-0 win over Wolfsburg last weekend, impressing with his calm and composed play in the midfield. Die Roten lost on Tuesday to Borussia Monchengladbach with Ascacibar in the starting eleven again and while life back in the top flight is proving difficult, the transfer policy appears to be looking forward to the future and Ascacibar is part of that.
Paulo Dybala’s status in Jorge Sampaoli’s squad indicates that the Juventus forward is firmly part of the current generation rather than those coming through but regardless, the 23-year-old struck a tremendous hat-trick at the weekend in a win over Sassuolo.
The absence of Valentin Vada for Bordeaux and Ezequiel Ponce’s limited game time for Lille is disappointing for two talented young players but overall the young Argentines are impressing across Europe. The buzz around these young players is growing rapidly and it is a joy to follow their progress.
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