The passion of football is in the veins of South Americans and Argentina remained an all time favourite in the continent. The country, with rich football heritage, never lacked talents on the field. When the Buruchagas and Maradonas hung up their boots, the likes of Batistuta, Crespo, Riquelme and Messi, at present, took up the legacy to carry on. As a bulk of Argentina attackers passed the age of 25 and are now being tagged as senior members in the dressing room, we intend to search for new talents, who are still in their 20’s and show a lot of promises for future La Albiceleste squad.
Messi, now at 27, has 5 or 6 years of top notch football left in him. The same goes for Di Maria, Aguero and Higuain. So, it’s time to chalk out the players, who will be Argentina’s 2018 or 2022 world cup sensation.
Paulo DybalaClub: Palermo Age: 20 years
The Palermo striker is often compared with his senior compatriot Aguero due to similar style of play. The young striker likes to dribble and play short passes. Apart from that, he has significant pace to talk about. Recently against Sampdora in Serie A clash, he completed a stunning finish following a lovely control of ball by chest from a lofted through pass. That kind of ability has given him a leading striker role in Palermo after the capture of Abel Hernandez by Premier League side Hull City.
We will get a lot better idea about him once he completes a full Serie A season, keeping aside injury scares. Nevertheless, it will not be dumb to place your bets on this young Argentine in Russia 2018.
Juan Manuel IturbeClub: Roma Age: 21 years
Dubbed as the “next Messi” by media, the young Argentine winger was acquired by Roma for €22 million from Hellas Verona. Rudi Garcia would not have invested in large if he was not sure about the impact of Iturbe as he was in case of Hazard during his managerial stint for Lille. After some regular playing time for Hellas Verona, at the age of only 21 years, he is going to get Champions League first team experiences for Roma. In his first Champions League match, he found the back of the net before getting subbed off due to injury.
The creative winger, who is pretty quick on the ball like Leo Messi, is Roma’s one of the big cards in both Italian and European football. He has accumulated 20 matches for Argentian U-20 national team and is soon expecting to be called up for senior team.
Like Higuain, this young player has his strength in sublime finishing. As Rodrigo Palacio’s last season’s form dripped a lot, he is going to get more first team chances this time around. He has already scored 3 goals in his 5 appearances this season and was called up for national squad also.
Still at his budding times, he has a lot of years to improve and prove himself as a complete striker. For that to accomplish, a club like Inter Milan’s stature will help him a lot. If all remains good as now, we can surely expect him up front in Argentina’s plans at 2018 World Cup
Sergio AraujoClub: Las Palmas Age: 22 years
Clearly eldest among the aforesaid lot, the former Barcelona B striker has started this season on fire. He already scored 7 goals in 5 outings for Las Palmas. The young forward also impressed during his career at Barcelona B as he scored brace in two matches to help his team come back.
He bagged Argentina U-17, U-20, U-23 national team experiences over the years and netted on a regular basis. Keeping an eye on the striker’s capabilities and recent exploits, he can surely claim for a place in 2018 FIFA world cup.