Valencia’s Copa del Rey and La Liga challenge has been boosted by Luciano Vietto, who has turned back the clock under a former boss
The wonderkid tag is one that is thrown around with reckless abandon in South America but just when Luciano Vietto looked to be heading towards the ‘whatever happened to’ pile, the 24-year-old secured a revitalizing transfer and immediately sprang back to life.
The unbridled joy on Vietto’s face after spectacularly scoring from almost the halfway line to complete a hat-trick on his first start for Valencia was clear and aside from helping his new club into the next round of the Copa del Rey with victory over Las Palmas, it was a moment of relief and redemption.
It had been a little over a year since Vietto had hit the back of the net, a run that had seen Sevilla pass up any plans to make his loan permanent and eventually for Atletico Madrid to lose patience.
Vietto admitted after collecting the match ball that it was hard to explain and one man, who might have played a key role in the turnaround modestly said, “that’s football.”
That man was Valencia manager Marcelino, someone who has seen the qualities of Vietto up close already in his short career.