Published on September 11th, 2017 | by David Kraakman0
Weekend Top 5: From Cavani to next Luis Suarez – best of Uruguay
Edinson Cavani is settling in well with his new teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe while the new Luis Suarez at Celta keeps scoring
Mauro Arambarri (Getafe)
When Arambarri played in the 2013 South American youth championships for Uruguay, you could see that the midfielder was a big talent. Now, at Getafe, eighteen-months after coming to Europe, Arambarri is finally able to showcase his potential. For his previous club, Girondins de Bordeaux, the 21-year-old hardly featured during his stay and therefore opted for a different career path this summer.
And it looks like the former Defensor Sporting player has made the right choice by joining Getafe as he is finally getting game time. In this weekend’s game vs. Leganés – a Madrid derby – Arambarri repaid the manager’s faith with a solid midfield performance and a stunning long-range golazo, which contributed to Getafe’s first win of the season.
GOLAZO de Mauro Arambarri el ex defensor para que el Getafe le gane el derbi 2-1 al Leganes.
— Noticia Celeste (@Noticia_Celeste) September 9, 2017
Edinson Cavani (PSG)
Another weekend of football, another doblete for Edinson Cavani. We are five games into the season and Cavani has already found the net seven times and has also produced two assists. Against Metz on Friday, Cavani arguably could have had five as his brilliant movement allows him to get in good positions so many times. Nonetheless, Cavani contributed heavily to PSG’s dismantling of Metz.
With his two goals this weekend, El Matador has now scored 56 goals in his last 56 games for Les Parisiens and is closing in on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s club record tally of 156 goals. Cavani is currently on 137 goals for PSG and as the season is still young, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Uruguayan hitman will overtake Ibrahimovic as PSG’s all-time top scorer this campaign.
Nicolás De La Cruz (River Plate)
Big talents in South America normally want to move to Europe as quickly as possible. However, for Nicolás De La Cruz that’s not the case. The Uruguay U20 attacking midfielder has joined Argentinian River Plate this summer in order to stay close to his wife as he is expecting the birth of his first child at the end of 2017. Afterwards, De La Cruz will most probably be making a transfer to Europe, but for now the focus is on performing for River.
And he did just that on Sunday on his official debut for the side. On match day two of Argentine Superliga, River faced Banfield and comfortably took all three points, winning 3-1. De La Cruz had a part to play in two River goals and played an outstanding game. He occupied the spaces between the lines brilliantly and showed his intelligence on and off the ball throughout the game.
Sebastián Coates (Sporting Lisbon)
After failing in the Premier League, Sebastián Coates has recovered the form that made him one of the most in-demand young defenders back in 2011. Wearing the shirt of Sporting Lisbon, Coates has been an absolute monster in defense since joining the club in January 2016. This weekend’s game vs. Feirense (2-3 win) was no exception as Big Seba was a rock at the back.
On the top of that, Coates also proved to be a threat in the opposing box once again, scoring his fourth goal since the start of the last season. His goal and defensive display won’t go unnoticed by Uruguay manager Tabárez, but unfortunately for Coates, La Celeste currently have two other centre-backs just ahead of him in the picking order in Diego Godín and José Giménez.
Maxi Gómez (Celta de Vigo)
Europe has been introduced to another Uruguayan goal-scorer as Celta summer signing Maxi Gómez (21) has hit the ground running since joining the Galician side. This Sunday, Gómez scored the only goal of the game, grabbing all three points for Celta against Alavés and has now scored four goals in his first three games in Spanish football.
Many football fans in Uruguay are already demanding a call-up to the national team for Gómez, which is not surprising as, next to Cavani and Suárez, the Celta striker is on current form the best Uruguayan striker around.
Uruguayan strikers have once again found the net this weekend:
Edinson Cavani – ⚽️⚽️
Luis Suárez – ⚽️
Maxi Gómez – ⚽️
— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) September 10, 2017