After shining in Brazil with Cruzeiro Giorgian De Arrascaeta is ready for a big move to Europe to follow in the footsteps of Diego Godin and Luis Suarez
With a fine display for Cruzeiro on Tuesday night in the Copa Sudamericana, Giorgian De Arrascaeta once again showcased his tremendous ability and is putting himself on the radar for European club scouts. The No10 has already stated that a transfer to the old continent is his dream. A dream that is ready to come true.
Before moving to Brazil to play for Cruzeiro, De Arrascaeta came through the youth ranks at Defensor Sporting. Along with fellow Uruguay international Diego Laxalt, De Arrascaeta debuted for Defensor’s first team in 2012. It didn’t take too long for the fans to notice that De Arrascaeta was a special talent.
His potential was also acknowledged by the Uruguayan FA as De Arrascaeta was selected to represent Uruguay U20 in the 2013 U20 World Cup. The youngster played a key role in a campaign that saw La Celeste finish runners-up to France. Back at his club, De Arrascaeta was beginning to install himself in the team and became a regular.
However, it wasn’t until the 2014 Copa Libertadores – The South American equivalent of the Champions League – that the Uruguayan really caught the eye. Because, despite his tender age of 19 at the time, De Arrascaeta was one of the star players in a run that ended in the semi-finals; the best accomplishment in the club’s 104-year history.
The playmaker’s performances led to a lot of interest and it was Cruzeiro who eventually bought De Arrascaeta. At his new club, he needed to find his way at first but quickly De Arrascaeta made his mark with the 2015/2016 season as the highlight of his career at the Brazilian club. De Arrascaeta managed to chip in with both goals and assists, which is something many No10’s nowadays struggle with.
De Arrascaeta was developing into a great player and Uruguay manager Oscar Tabárez was taking notice as well and called-up De Arrascaeta to the national team in 2015. In the beginning, De Arrascaeta featured for Uruguay quite regularly but for the past 18-months he’s either not been selected or the player had to settle for a place on the bench. A worrying sign, because De Arrascaeta is Uruguay’s best No10.
Nicolás Lodeiro and Gastón Ramírez have occupied the No10 position for Uruguay the past eight to five years but it’s time for someone else to be given the chance as the latter two haven’t been able to impress. De Arrascaeta looks a far better fit and has earned an opportunity, taking his outstanding performances on club level in mind.
Now, at 22-years-of-age, De Arrascaeta is one of Cruzeiro’s most influential players and finds himself at a point of his career where a move to Europe seems fitting. Upcoming summer, a lot of clubs will be keen on De Arrascaeta and the only task for the man himself is to make the sensible decision and find a club where he can play with regularity and keep developing.
The Premier League, for example, is not the ideal league for De Arrascaeta, seeing the way the frantic manner of the game there. The Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, on the other hand, are leagues that suit De Arrascaeta’s style of play better. His technical abilities could really make him a star in these countries. Clubs like Las Palmas and Udinese would be perfect for De Arrascaeta. It gives him a chance to fulfill his potential and make him impossible to ignore for the Uruguayan national team.