Next Generation: Simeone serves reminder of class, Ponce impresses & Joaquín Correa back in the goals (VIDEO)


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 busy week involving plenty of midweek action, Argentinian youngsters had double the opportunities to impress and some really did!

Giovanni Simeone, after an assist but ultimately goalless performance in a 3-0 win away to struggling Benevento on Sunday came to life in a 3-0 mauling of Torino. Gio’s assist for Benassi’s opener was a glorious through ball and the composed power and accuracy of Simeone’s finish for the second was a joy to watch. His all round play and pure physicality is an exciting combination for the promising youngster.

Despite being credited with the goal initially, Ezequiel Ponce didn’t in fact head Lille ahead against Valenciennes in the French Coupe de Ligue but that didn’t take anything away from the young centre forward’s impressive display. Starved of opportunities, Ponce’s performance should boost his confidence and enhance his profile for Marcelo Bielsa. Widely tipped in this very column to impress, this could be the catalyst to make this happen.

Daniel Mancini and his Tours team mates had a tie to remember as they defeated Nantes 3-1 with Mancini grabbing the second. A powerful run from midfield, he collected the ball from just inside the box and rifled it into the far right hand corner. A beautiful goal by a supremely talented player.


The two Correa’s (Ángel of Atlético Madrid and Joaquín of Sevilla) are struggling to make respective impacts at present but with both their clubs in poor form, they need an uplift in performance to show their undoubted ability. However Joaquín Correa did notch in the win over Cartagena in the Copa del Rey and his composed finish was a reminder to all about his phenomenal talent.

Sadly neither Sebastián Driussi nor Giovanni Lo Celso were able to feature in either Zenit’s 0-0 draw with CSKA Moscow or PSG’s 2-2 result with Marseille, Emiliano Rigoni was also unable to make any impact in Zenit’s disappointing result.

There will be more ‘Next Generation’ every week so keep your eyes peeled.

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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