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Published on September 26th, 2017 | by David Kraakman

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Top 5: The most wondrous Uruguayans of the weekend

It was a weekend so impressive for a cast of Uruguayans that not even Luis Suarez could make the list…Edinson Cavani didn’t even come close 

1) Diego Rolán (Malága)

On the striker’s home debut for Malága, Diego Rolán grabbed all the headlines this weekend. In the search for their first La Liga points of the season, Malága hosted Athletic Bilbao on Saturday and were soon confronted with a scenario that the club has grown accustomed to this season as Athletic striker Aritz Aduriz gave the visitors the lead.

Rolán seemed to have other ideas, however, and equalized for Malága in the 35th minute with a lovely curling effort. After 70 minutes of play, Malága were back to square one, but even worse. The Basques led 1-3 thanks to two goals from Inaki Williams and were also playing against a 10-men Malága who had one player sent off. Nonetheless, the Andalusian side showed unbelievable spirit in the last 10 minutes and two quick-fire goals, the second scored by Rolán, saw Malága surprisingly win their first league point of the season.

2) Fede Valverde (Deportivo La Coruna)

After earning his first La Liga start for Deportivo La Coruna mid-week against Alavés, Real Madrid-loanee Federico Valverde was granted another opportunity this Sunday in the Spanish league game away against Espanyol. Valverde was played wide on the left in the first half with a 6/10 performance as a consequence. At half-time, with Espanyol leading 2-0, Depor manager Pepe Mel realized that Valverde would function better when playing in central midfield.

It was quite apparent as Valverde’s switch to the center of the pitch initiated a very good spell of Depor, wherein they scored the 2-1 and could have scored the equalizer as well. Espanyol punished Depor’s inefficiency and eventually won the game comfortably with 4-1.

3) Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro)

At 23-years-of-age, last summer should’ve been the summer that Giorgian De Arrascaeta made his move to the old continent. Unfortunately for the Cruzeiro playmaker, injuries have hampered him for the past six to eight months and have subsequently ruled out a move to Europe. That he deserves one is very clear to every football fan in Brazil as he has been one of the best players in the country for nearly two years now.

Against Atlético Gioaniense this weekend, De Arrascaeta put in a man-of-the-match performance, scoring once and creating several chances for his side during the game. Coming in from the left originally, De Arrascaeta was all over the pitch to occupy spaces between the lines. It’s where he is so dangerous.

4) Mauro Arambarri (Getafe)

Since coming to Getafe this summer, Mauro Arambarri has looked sharp and ready for this new chapter in his career. Life at Bordeaux didn’t particularly treat the midfielder well as he was constantly overlooked by the manager. In Spain, however, Arambarri seems to have already earned himself a spot in the starting eleven, having started in five of the first six La Liga games this campaign.

In the clash with Villarreal this weekend, Arambarri once again started for Getafe as the side secured three vital points. Arambarri, a technically gifted player who is able to orchestrate attacks, showed another side of his game which makes him a very complete midfielder; his combative nature. Arambarri made six successful tackles and made sure that Getafe constantly stayed on top during the game.

5) Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria)

Lucas Torreira could probably feature in the ‘Top-5 Uruguayans of the week’ every time as he never fails to impress. In Sampdoria’s home game vs AC Milan on Sunday, the 21-year-old midfielder showed that the despite being 5ft6, he can take on anyone he wants. Powerful AC Milan player Franck Kessié knows all about it as he was man-handled by the Uruguayan on Sunday.

Sampdoria won the game 2-0 and Torreira, as always, was an important player in the win. He never seems to lose a duel, he either gets fouled or makes a fool out of the player trying to get the ball from him. Next to that, his calmness and precision on the ball instigates a lot of Sampdoria’s attacking play. Remember the name, because next summer he will be making a €50M move to a top side in Europe.

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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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