The familiar tale of a move to Europe coming perhaps too early, Emanuel Cecchini has been given a second chance to impress, back where he made his name after Banfield announced the return of the 21-year-old on loan from Málaga.
The talented midfielder comes in on a year-long loan deal having struggled to break into the Málaga first team and enduring a wasted spell with Liga MX club León.
Cecchini only left the Estadio Florencio Sola in July of last year after an impressive season saw Málaga fend off interest from Inter Milan to sign the youngster for €4.5 million but one La Liga start for the now relegated Andalusian club led to a loan with Club León.
México proved no better for Cecchini and so the midfielder couldn’t hide his joy at Banfield confirming the deal on Monday.
After making his debut at the club as a sixteen-year-old under Matías Almeida, Cecchini was one of the most promising young players in Argentina when he forced his way to be a permanent fixture in Julio César Falcioni’s first team.
Banfield secured a Copa Libertadores place with Cecchini a regular in the side and it was no surprise when European clubs began circling.
Something of an all-rounder in midfield, Cecchini covers ground, wins possession, is an excellent passer of the ball and during his last season at the club scored four goals with his intelligent running from deep.
Having already seen the likes of Gonzalo Bettini, Pablo Mouche and Nicolás Bertolo leave the club in this window and Gerardo Martino’s Atlanta United closing in on midfielder Eric Remedi, the return of Cecchini is a real boost for El Taladro.
If the 21-year-old can rediscover the form that took him to Europe in the first place, Banfield will reap the rewards and it won’t be long before clubs will be renewing their interest.