From a super striker at Celta Vigo and a super star at PSG, Uruguayans are having sterling seasons across Europe – here’s the pick of the bunch
Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria)
Having been lauded as the new Marco Verratti, Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira is enjoying life in Italy. The 21-year-old Uruguayan has picked up where he left off last season to become an invaluable part of a side currently lying sixth in Serie A.
Torreira is a player that breaks down attacks with well-timed interceptions, using his low center of gravity to his advantage. Next to his defensive duties, Torreira is also vital in Sampdoria’s offense. His ability to orchestrate possession and break the lines with his confident passing makes the Uruguayan the starting point of his team’s attacks. If Torreira keeps this up, greater things will come his way.
Gastón Pereiro (PSV)
Since his arrival at PSV Eindhoven, Gastón Pereiro has performed well but has never really been used correctly to showcase his true potential. However, in his third season at the Dutch club, Pereiro is finally in his preferred No10 spot. It gives the forward the chance to roam the pitch and express his creativity.
The result; PSV are top of the Eredivisie and Pereiro has already found the net five times in eight appearances and is repeatedly providing his teammates with quality passes. His good form has already earned him his first Uruguay call-up and who knows what else could come next if he keeps delivering.
Maxi Gómez (Celta Vigo)
When Maxi Gómez arrived from Defensor Sporting this summer to join Celta Vigo, the expectations weren’t sky high for the 21-year-old striker. An injury to first-choice striker John Guidetti gave the young Uruguayan the chance to prove his worth, though. He scored two on his debut versus Real Sociedad and immediately introduced himself as a born goal-scorer.
After the first seven games in La Liga, Gómez scored five goals but also picked up five yellows, offering two conclusions; he is a handful, but always has goals on his mind. Gómez has all the characteristics to become the successor of his compatriot and idol Luis Suárez.
Mauro Arambarri (Getafe)
After never getting a fair chance for Bordeaux, former Uruguay U20 international Mauro Arambarri decided to leave France. Newly-promoted La Liga side Getafe gambled on the midfielder and it looks like paying off. Arambarri has started the majority of Getafe’s games and has been impressing.
In a doble cinco, Arambarri has proven to be a great distributor of the ball as well as a combative player who doesn’t shy away from a scrap. Besides that, Arambarri can also strike from distance as shown in a wonder goal against Leganés. The 22-year-old is a complete midfielder and is finally getting a chance to prove himself in La Liga.
The man from Salto has continued his goal-scoring form of last season. Edinson Cavani has eight goals in eight league appearances adding another four in three Champions League matches. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure has allowed Cavani to return to the elite in terms of goal-scoring numbers and the Uruguayan is showing no signs of dropping off.
Cavani is less than twenty goals from equalling Ibra’s all-time PSG record and if El Matador keeps up his current form that title will be his in a few months.