After a brief delay the Golazo 50 2017 continues.
In case you missed it here are the picks so far…
Weighing in with expert opinion on the latest two in the countdown are Tom Robinson and Dan Edwards.
Banfield’s rise from bottom of the table whipping boys to Copa Libertadores qualifiers in the space of a year took many by surprise and while wily, old coach Julio César Falcioni deserves enormous praise, the emergence of Emanuel Cecchini was absolutely vital.
The 20-year-old’s bustling all-round game in central midfield provided El Taladro with a degree of defensive protection, an outstanding engine and a drive from deep that pushed them back into the continent’s premier cup competition and ultimately landed Cecchini a European move.
La Liga club Málaga eventually signed the youngster for an initial €4 million, a figure that sits somewhere between tremendous value and absolute robbery, and while the Andalusians may have had a difficult start to the season, a potential future midfield of Cecchini and compatriot Esteban Rolón is exciting.
A native of Rio Negro province, Cecchini arrived in Banfield’s academy at thirteen and made his senior debut under the guidance of Matías Almeyda three years later while the club was still fighting for promotion back into the top flight. However, despite being among the top prospects in the academy it wasn’t until last season when iconic manager Falcioni had returned to the club that Cecchini established himself as a regular.
27 appearances last season, Cecchini’s combination of ball winning, passing and shooting from distance earned him plaudits and almost took him to Inter, where former Banfield and Argentina defender Javier Zanetti works as sporting director. That deal falling through at the last minute, has been Malaga’s fortune and Cecchini will certainly be one player to keep an eye on.
“Cecchini, like his former club Banfield, seemed to sneak up and take everyone by surprise last season. Nominally a defensive midfielder but with the dynamism, technique and long range shooting to make him a much more all-rounder in the centre of the park, the 20-year-old was a key component of El Taladro’s fifth-place finish.
While the likes of Ascacibar and Bentancur may have got more attention and hype, Cecchini’s performances were arguably just as good and earned him a move to Málaga. It seems an astute move for the Andalusians and the prospect of an all-Argentinian base of midfield with Esteban Rolón is an exciting one. Given that Argentina has struggled to produce good box-to-box midfielders, it is well worth keeping tabs on Cecchini’s progress at La Rosaleda.”