Published on November 23rd, 2017 | by David Kraakman0
Top 5 Uruguayans of the week – a new star is born at Sampdoria
While the big names of Uruguay delivered in La Liga, a rising star continued to shine as Lucas Torreira inspired Sampdoria’s beating of Juventus
5) Cristhian Stuani – Girona
Ideally, every relegation battling side needs a 15-goal striker to survive the drop. Girona realized it when they gained promotion last season and secured the services of Uruguayan striker Cristhian Stuani on a three-year deal from English side Middlesbrough.
Since his arrival, Stuani has come up with big goals and last weekend the 31-year-old once again proved his worth with a strike that salvaged a point against Real Sociedad. It has put his tally up to seven goals for the season, making Stuani responsible for 50% of Girona’s production. If the club retains its spot in the Spanish top flight, Stuani will have played a key role.
4) Gonzalo Castro – Malága
With his club in desperate need of points, winger Gonzalo Castro came up big time for Malága on Sunday, providing an assist and a goal to guide Malága to their second win of their season against Deportivo La Coruna.
Chory Castro was the man of the match for the Boquerones in a victory that was of great importance for the club as they have now edged closer to the teams above the relegation zone. Currently occupying eighteenth in the league table, Castro and co are heavily involved in a relegation fight.
3) Edinson Cavani – PSG
Every time you turn on the news, the chances of seeing an Edinson Cavani goal are very high. Against Nantes, this weekend, El Matador’s hot streak in front of goal continued as he scored two goals in a 4-1 PSG win.
Cavani has now scored 19 goals in 17 outings this term and leads the goalscoring charts in Ligue 1 with 15 goals to his name. His numbers of both last and this season puts him in the discussion of who the best striker in world football is.
2) Luis Suárez – Barcelona
After not scoring for five games – his joint-longest streak without a goal since joining Barcelona – Luis Suárez ended the drought with a double against Leganés on Saturday. The Barca No9 has enjoyed a horror start to the season, scoring just five in fifteen appearances so far.
His knee injury has played a big part in his struggle for form this season and it has had an effect on his confidence as well. To fix this issue, Suárez was given the chance to follow a specific training plan at Barcelona’s facilities during the November international break in order to return to his usual self and the early signs are very promising
1) Lucas Torreira – Sampdoria
In a week where Suárez and Cavani both scored a brace, it is hard to imagine another Uruguayan grabbing the headlines. Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira managed to do so, however. In the Serie A clash with reigning Italian champions Juventus, the 21-year-old was one of the standout players in a 3-2 win for Samp.
Torreira has been great all season and on Sunday he continued to impress, playing a dominant and mature game in his usual No6 position. He capped off his brilliant performance with a wonderful hit from outside the box that was too hot to handle for the Juve goalie.