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?
It hasn’t been the best week for the players in-focus for Next Generation as Ezequiel Ponce and Giovani Lo Celso continue to struggle for minutes at Lille and Paris Saint-Germain respectively in Ligue 1, Giovanni Simeone was replaced shortly afer half time in Fiorentina’s draw with Atalanta and none of Zenit St. Petersburg’s boys hit the headlines.
Franco Cervi was on the scoresheet at the weekend as Benfica defeated Ferreira 2-0 but had a night to forget on Thursday as the Portuguese giants were thrashed 5-0 by Basel in the Champions League.
The 23-year-old’s goal at the weekend, just a glimpse of the potential the pint-sized forward has but Cervi must now start showing the consistency to match.
Joaquin Correa has already played himself onto the fringes of Jorge Sampaoli’s plans but as his status at Sevilla grows, the 23-year-old continues to impress.
Versatile to play across the attack, the pace and trickery to commit and dribble past defenders plus an eye for goal, Correa is developing into a far more rounded player in Spain and looks set for a big season in what is an important World Cup year. His assist for Wissam Ben Yedder in the Champions League win over Maribor was sensational.
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So with the usual suspects having a quiet week, I thought I would profile some of the lesser known names making their way across Europe.
Daniel Mancini is plying his trade in the French Ligue 2 on loan with Tours and capitalising on his opportunity by impressing in centre midfield for the mid-table side.
A comfortable, tidy midfielder with an eye for a pass, the former Newell’s Old Boys player is on loan from Bordeaux and at 20 years of age, there could be plenty more to come from him.
Former Defensa y Justicia forward Nicolás Stefanelli is making a name for himself in Sweden and his goal in AIK’s 6-1 win away to Hacken was already the 22-year-old’s fifth of the saeson.
There have been some inconsistent performances from Eugenio Isnaldo of Asteras in the Greek top division but some flashes of fine play are an indication that the 23-year-old could be a player to keep an eye on.
Remaining in Greece, Federico Bravo of Panetolikos helped his side win their first game of the season on Saturday with a battling second half substitute display. The former Boca midfielder hasn’t yet found his place after an unsuccessful spell in MLS but may yet find it in the Greek Superleague.
And finally, Santiago Colombatto the 20-year-old Perugia central midfielder looks so assured in a team full on confidence. He has beautiful technique, good range of passing and an eye for goal. With Perugia top of Serie B, the Argentina under-20 international is definitely one to look out for.
There will be more ‘Next Generation’ every week so keep your eyes peeled.
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