Published on January 23rd, 2018 | by David Kraakman0
A weekend tale of three Uruguayan titans…
A new nickname is born with MaxiGol continuing to take La Liga by storm while Luis Suárez remains an unstoppable striker
Maxi Gómez – another one for MaxiGol
The 21-year-old striker is enjoying a wonderful debut campaign in Europe so far. Maxi Gómez has already scored important goals against Barcelona and Real Madrid and was once again vital for Celta de Vigo this weekend. With the match level, Gómez headed home a corner to take the lead for his side. Celta consolidated the advantage and picked up the three points, moving up to seventh in La Liga.
The goal showed what a fine finisher Gómez is as it wasn’t an easy header. It required power and precision and that was just what the former Defensor Sporting player applied. Of Gómez’ nine league goals this season, none have been tap-ins but good finishes.
What’s impressive about Gómez is his understanding of space at such a young age. He knows where to move to, in almost every particular attack. It’s an underrated feature of strikers but certainly makes a difference for 5/8 goals a season.
Gastón Ramírez – the dream of any teammate
It must have been frustrating for Gastón Ramírez to see so much praise in Uruguay for his Sampdoria teammate Lucas Torreira, and not one word of appreciation for himself. The 27-year-old changed that on Sunday, however, as he delivered a playmaking masterclass. Striker Fabio Quagliarella will make the headlines as his hat-trick secured the 3-1 win over Fiorentina, but Ramírez deserves as much recognition.
The Uruguayan provided an assist for all three of Sampdoria’s goals and the second and third assist especially were a demonstration of great vision and technique. His assists on Sunday has put his season tally up to eight, making him the joint assist leader in Serie A.
It underlines how good Ramírez has been at Sampdoria this season, after experiencing a rough year at Middlesbrough. With this kind of form, Ramírez certainly is back in the running for a place in Uruguay’s World Cup squad for next summer.
Luis Suárez – the unstoppable man
The days of crisis are far away for Luis Suárez as he keeps on silencing is critics with brilliant performances. Against Real Betis on Sunday, the Barcelona No9 bagged a brace and got two assists in Barca’s 0-5 win. Each goal involvement had a touch of class about it and suggests that Suárez is experiencing his best form in months.
The man born in Salto has now scored in seven consecutive league matches, scoring ten goals in the process. After a horrible start to the season, wherein he scored just six goals in nineteen appearances, Suárez is now back among the finest goal scorers in world football.
For both Barcelona and Uruguay it’s a very good development as we enter the business end of the season. Barca will need an inform Suárez if they want to achieve European success while La Celeste know that with a special Suárez, they can go far in Russia.