Five exciting Argentine prospects playing around Erope
As the likes of Paulo Dybala and Mauri Icardi continue to make waves in Serie A, Coral writers have been contemplating which other young or underrated Argentines could also be set to shine on the international stage if given the chance?
Here’s our list of promising prospects waiting in the wings to compete with the likes of Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero for game time.
Juan Iturbe (Attacking midfielder/winger, Roma)
Despite still being only 21, intriguing Iturbe has already been around the block, but is now proving for the Giallorossi that he is all the better for it.
Unprepared for life in Europe, Iturbe saw his stock drop dramatically after a poor stint with Porto, but has finally found a style that suits him in Serie A.
An explosive wingman who enjoys putting opponents on the back foot, Iturbe, also eligible for Paraguay, was perhaps unfairly burdened by being dubbed ‘the next Messi’ whilst still a teenager.
Blessed with a fantastic left foot, the comparisons are not completely unfounded; however, Iturbe still needs to add consistency and end product to his game, after grabbing just one league goal for Roma (12/1 with Coral to lift the Europa League) so far this season.
Luciano Vietto (Striker, Villarreal)
Currently the Yellow Submarine’s top scorer after hitting 15 across all competitions, Vietto has spearheaded what has so far been a successful season for Villarreal (16/1 to win the Europa League).
The La Liga club would do well to hold on to the potent young poacher, 21, who is another striking starlet to roll off Racing Club’s production line.
Lethal with both feet and adept at linking midfield with attack, vivacious Vietto’s work ethic and technique should see the fledgling forward slot in perfectly alongside Argentina’s superstars.
Franco Vazquez (Attacking midfielder, Palermo)
Perhaps unfairly stuck in the shadow of compatriot and clubmate Dybala, Vazquez has taken his own time to develop. After all, not everyone is ready to be a superstar at 21.
The fact that the Palermo playmaker is now 25 and still uncapped is no criticism of his talent, as only the best make the final cut for La Albiceleste. Vibrant Vaszuez should certainly be making a claim for inclusion, though, after spending this season pulling the Sicilian side’s strings behind Dybala.
Seven Serie A strikes and 10 assists have seen Vazquez become crucial this campaign for Palermo, but Argentina would have to move fast, as rumours of an Italy call-up abound.
Eduardo Salvio (Winger, Benfica)
The only player in this list to be capped by his country of birth, Salvio deserves another shot at selection for Argentina.
After rampaging down the wing for Portuguese royalty Benfica, Salvio has impressed by providing potency from the wing this season with seven goals and six assists, and looks set to surpass his best tally of 10 in a term.
Rumours of a switch to Liverpool could well depend on the wing wizard’s international future, as the Premier League has strict rules for player from outside the EU. Hardworking and an accurate crosser, Savio could provde a different option out wide for La Albiceleste.
Geronimo Rulli (Goalkeeper, Real Sociedad)
Real Socieded snapped up young stopper Rulli, who has much to do if he is to live up to his fantastic first name, on a season-long loan spell in summer, and the starlet has made 12 appearances so far.
Since recovering from injury, Rulli, 22, has enjoyed regular game time at David Moyes’ Basque boys, and is tipped to reach the top for La Albiceleste.
Argentina could certainly use a prodigy between the posts to challenge the likes of Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero and Sampdoria custodian Sergio Romero, and complement their elite attacking force.