While Luis Suarez is showing timeless quality, Lucas Torreira is making the decision for the Uruguay coach to bring the midfielder to Russia a no-brainer
Luis Suarez – showing his versatility
Luis Suarez has become a worldwide icon mainly for his incredible return in front of goal. However, the 31-year-old striker is much more than just a finisher. Besides his tireless work-rate, Suarez possesses some very underrated playmaking abilities. His style might not be as elegant as that of Isco or Mesut Ozil, but 185+ assists during his career proves the point.
On Sunday, in Barcelona’s title-winning game against Deportivo La Coruna, the Uruguay star basically took on the Messi role and created chance after chance for his teammates, eventually resulting in three assists for his neighbour Lionel Messi, helping him to the top spot in the European Golden Shoe rankings. His first assist of the game, which was given with the outside of the boot, was precious.
In his Liverpool days, Suarez took on the duties as provider more often but in a Barcelona shirt, surrounded by Messi, Iniesta and Neymar (for the first three seasons), he has functioned mostly as a pure No9, becoming limited in terms of his overall play. That he hasn’t lost it became clear this weekend, though. More can be expected of this from the phenomenon for Uruguay this summer.
Lucas Torreira – pulling the strings in a comfortable win
With Sampdoria still in the race for a European ticket, no slip-up was allowed when the Italian side hosted Cagliari in round 34 of the Serie A season this weekend. Lucas Torreira, just like every previous league game of the season, started for La Samp as he looked to continue his impressive campaign.
Torreira didn’t disappoint for his club and played an important role as the focal point in central midfield in a convincing Sampdoria display. In a 4-1 win, the 22-year-old midfielder controlled the tempo of the game, progressed the play with quality passes between the lines and recovered possession when his team came under too much pressure.
In this form, Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez would be committing a crime if he doesn’t take Torreira to Russia. He is simply one of the best midfielders in Italy and one of the best young players in world football at the moment.
Lucas Torreira is the player with the most ball recoveries in the Serie A – 162.
Successful tackles: 95
The 22-year-old midfielder is displaying a world class level for Sampdoria this season. pic.twitter.com/zcbi03YpTa
— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) April 23, 2018
Gaston Pereiro – playing for a spot on the World Cup squad
Although not experiencing a wonderful season, PSV Eindhoven player Gaston Pereiro has really come alive lately with some great performances. In his preferred No10 spot, Pereiro has been given the chance to fully express the creative side of his game and it has resulted in a series of solid displays.
Two goals and one assist in PSV’s 3-3 draw with ADO Den Haag this weekend made him the win the headlines and rightfully so. In his last five appearances for his club, the Nacional youth graduate has directly contributed to goals on seven occasions – five goals and two assists. PSV fans are glad to finally see Pereiro perform on a consistent basis rather than one good game followed up by three mediocre matches.
You could say that this sudden improvement in form is down to the prospect of representing Uruguay at the World Cup this summer. Pereiro is far from guaranteed a place in the Uruguay squad and still needs to convince Tabarez.