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Published on September 19th, 2017 | by David Kraakman

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Top 5: The best Uruguayans of the weekend from Boca Juniors to PSV

Whilst Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez might not have had the most illustrious of weekends there were plenty of players from Uruguay still making a name for themselves 

1) Nahitan Nández (Boca Juniors)

After debuting for Boca Juniors away against Lanús last week, former Peñarol captain Nahitan Nández made his home debut for Azul y Oro in the illustrious La Bombonera this weekend. Nández came off the bench at the 82-minute mark and it took him just three minutes to make an impact, scoring a fine strike with his first and only shot of the game.

Besides the goal, Nández showed his strengths in his cameo appearance. Passion, energy and his tremendous ability on the ball earned him a spot on the Uruguayan national team and will most probably make him a fan favorite in La Bombonera.

2) Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria)

This Sunday, 21-year-old midfielder Lucas Torreira put on a brilliant performance as his Italian side side Sampdoria drew 2-2 with Torino. Torreira exactly played like he did last season, which made him one of the breakout stars in the Serie A. Comfortable in possession, capable of breaking the lines and above all indestructible in the defensive phase of the game.

A statistic that underlines Torreira’s excellent defensive capabilities is that he averages five tackles per game this season – more than any Serie A player. It’s one of the reasons many football fans in Uruguay have been demanding national team manager Óscar Tabárez to call up Lucas Torreira instead of 35-year-old Arévalo Ríos.

3) Gastón Pereiro (PSV Eindhoven)

It was a big day for Gastón Pereiro and PSV Eindhoven on Sunday as the club hosted reigning Dutch champions Feyenoord in what was the first heavyweight clash of the Eredivisie campaign. Pereiro started in a free role in midfield and was required to punish Feyenoord in the spaces between the lines.

Pereiro started the game in the best possible way as a cross from the left was finished off by an empathic finish from the Uruguayan. PSV kept their lead until the final whistle and so Pereiro was, like in several other big games, the match winner for PSV and ensured the club are now level on points with league leaders Feyenoord and AZ.

4) Guillermo Varela (Peñarol)

Four years after leaving the club for Manchester United, Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela (24) is back at his boyhood team Peñarol. It hasn’t worked out for him in Europe so far and with the World Cup approaching the Uruguayan league is probably the smartest place to go in order to come into contention for the Uruguay squad.

In this weekend’s Uruguayan Clásico Varela showed exactly why he should be considered, demonstrating maturity and solidity as Peñarol beat Nacional 2-0. With Maxi Pereira clearly on the way down, Varela might be the best fit at right-back if Uruguay makes it to the World Cup in Russia.

5) Nico López (Internacional)

While three months back Nico López was Internacional’s top scorer and an undisputed starter for the club, El Diente has to settle for substitute appearances at the moment as other options are being preferred. However, on Saturday night in Inter’s most recent game López impressed massively in the 16 minutes playing time he was given and might have given the manager something to consider.

The forward won all his duels, showed defensive discipline by winning three tackles and scored a goal on top of that in a 3-0 win for Internacional. López showcased that he is a quality player who deserves more time on the pitch than he is currently getting.

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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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