Vamos los Pibes: Ten Argentinian U21 Prospects
Despite having the squad with the highest average age at the World Cup, Argentina is still churning out plenty of exciting young players. The economic reality for most clubs means that almost as soon as a star is born they are whisked off abroad, resulting in a domestic scene in which youngsters are regularly given an early taste of first team football.
Such is the turnaround from unknown to wonderkid that many players who would have appeared on the list below last year have already been snapped up by European clubs. Prospects such as Angel Correa, Rodrigo de Paul, Geronimo Rulli, Luciano Vietto, Bruno Zuculini, Hector Villalba and Jonathan Silva have all moved this summer and as such don’t feature, while those starlets already in Europe like Lucas Ocampos, Juan Iturbe, Mauro Icardi, Fede Cartabia and Leandro Paredes also miss out.
The players below represent ten of the top talents under the age of 21 still playing in Argentina, all of whom have the potential to make a real impression in the next 12 months. For a detailed look at them, check out the full article at the magnificent Outside of the Boot.
Ezequiel Ponce (Newell’s)
Emanuel Mammana (River Plate)
Marcos Astina (Lanus)
Lucas Romero (Velez)
Joaquin Correa (Estudiantes)
Luciano Acosta (Boca Juniors)
Brian Fernandez (Defensa y Justicia)
Jonathan Requena (Banfield)
Sebastian Driussi (River)
Alejandro Romero Gamarra (Huracan)