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Published on August 28th, 2017 | by David Kraakman

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Top 5: Cavani in fantastic form as Uruguay faces Argentina day of destiny

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Uruguay is going to need every player in peak form with another batch of World Cup qualifiers and Cavani is one who made waves this weekend

Diego Laxalt

Last Saturday, Diego Laxalt hit 100 appearances in the Serie A as he played the full game for Genoa against Juventus. Genoa lost the game 2-4 in the end, but Laxalt impressed massively against the reigning Italian champions. In his left wing-back position the Uruguay international showcased incisive movement and the ability to deliver decisive contributions in both attacking and defensive areas.

There have been rumors this summer linking Laxalt with a move to Newcastle United and Atalanta. Juventus are also still searching for a player in the left wing-back position and in Laxalt, the club could find their unlikely, but perfect signing for a bargain fee.

 

Michael Santos

After a failed season for Malága, where he got off to a flying start but didn’t manage to continue his form, Uruguayan striker Michael Santos has been loaned out to Sporting Gijón. The club from Asturias is currently playing in the Segunda Division and are targeting promotion to La Liga this campaign.

Santos has been signed to achieve the La Liga dream and on his full debut for Gijón, he showed his capabilities. First Santos delivered the assist for the opener and later on the No9 grabbed his first goal in a Gijón shirt, securing three points for his new club.

Lucas Torreira

Being one of the breakout stars in the 2016/17 Serie A season, much is expected from Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira this season. This weekend, Torreira replicated his form of last season with a very good display against Fiorentina. In a 1-2 away win, Torreira was the player making sure that the transition from defense to attack worked perfectly.

Also when it came down to breaking down attacks, Torreira stood his ground. Because despite being 5ft5½, the 21-year-old has incredible upper body strength. It makes him both difficult to dispossess as well as a pain in the ass if he’s chasing you. It shouldn’t be too long before performances like last weekend’s will earn Torreira a Uruguay call-up.

Damián Suárez

With Maxi Pereira clearly regressing and his perfect replacement José Luís Rodríguez still very young, Getafe defender Damián Suárez might be the perfect short-term solution for Uruguay at the right-back position. Suárez, who has played in Spain since 2011, is a quick and aggressive defender and would fit in perfectly in Uruguay’s backline.

On Sunday, when Getafe hosted Sevilla, Suárez played a solid game against strong opposition. Uruguay needs solidity at the back at the moment, having conceded many goals of late. Uruguay manager Óscar Tabárez might find Suárez useful for the national team.

Edinson Cavani

With the vital World Cup qualifier against Argentina just a few days away, Edinson Cavani has found the right form. On Friday night, PSG booked their fourth consecutive win in Ligue 1 and remained top of the league. In a 3-0 victory, two goals were scored by the Uruguayan No9 and his second was a delicate effort as Cavani back-heeled the ball into the back of the net.

With Luis Suárez facing a race against the clock to become fit for Uruguay’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers, more than ever Uruguay will rely on Cavani. The man born in Salto is the top scorer of the Eliminatorias with nine goals and a few more in the upcoming round of qualifiers would help La Celeste in grabbing a ticket for Russia 2018.

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My name is David Kraakman and I passionately follow football in general and especially the Uruguayan national team, whom I also support. With my twitter account "UruguayanHeroes" I try to keep everybody interested in La Celeste up-to-date with all relevant information regarding Uruguayan football.



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