From a forward fighting for a World Cup spot, to another leading the line for the country in Russia, two Uruguayans had weeks to remember
Gastón Pereiro – back in the picture
One constant in Gastón Pereiro’s career has been his inconsistency. This season, though, it was expected that the Nacional youth graduate would finally show his maturity as he had reached 22-years-of-age. Indeed, the Uruguayan’s start to the season was promising, scoring some important goals for PSV and being the creative force in the club’s new look midfield.
However, as the season progressed, Pereiro began to demonstrate his flaws again, starting to go missing more often than not. Manager Philip Cocu had seen this scenario way too many times in the last few years and acted drastically by dropping the attacking midfielder. But, a suspension for star player Hirving Lozano opened the door for Pereiro in PSV’s big game against Feyenoord on Sunday.
Gastón Pereiro vs. Feyenoord:
Chances created: 4
Dribbles completed: 4/4
Was fouled: 4
We all know Pereiro is a capable of performances like this but needs to deliver them on a consistent basis now to deserve a place in Uruguay's World Cup squad. pic.twitter.com/vV2MMX75Er
— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) February 25, 2018
In return, Pereiro looked like a man possessed, knowing that this might be one of his best and last chances of getting back on track and ultimately be considered by Uruguay manager Óscar Tabárez for the World Cup squad. The forward player scored and assisted a goal in a 1-3 win for PSV and was certainly the man of the match.
Now, Pereiro has to show consistency to really make a case for a spot in La Celeste’s World Cup squad. He is a type of player Uruguay don’t have in abundance so he can really add to the current squad.
Luis Suárez – first hat-trick of the season
It might have taken him an uncharacteristically long time, but Luis Suárez has got his first hat-trick of the season and his form suggests that it won’t be the last. It has been clear that Suárez experienced a very bad start to the season – probably his worst in recent memory and concerns were immediately raised. Fans and media said he was finished and a lot of criticism was directed at the Barcelona No9.
Suárez was struggling with injury issues and never really had perfect match fitness which had to be dealt with. In the November international break, the Uruguay star was given the time to work on his recovery. It paid dividends. 20 goals in 22 games followed, including his three strikes against Girona this weekend.
Suárez added another two assists as well, becoming the first player to be directly involved in five La Liga goals in a single game this season. It also confirmed that Suárez’ overall play – which has been one of his best qualities – is back to the levels it should be again.
Suárez seems set for a legendary latter end of the season for Barcelona and after that with Uruguay in Russia. With form like this, history can be made when you have El Pistolero on your team.