The Argentinean Superliga season is here and scouts from around the world will be watching. Here are six youngsters aiming to impress this season…
Exequiel Palacios – River Plate
When Marcelo Gallardo opts to keep Enzo Pérez and Juan Fernando Quintero on the bench instead of a 19-year-old academy product you know he must be doing something right. Exequiel Palacios has been on the fringes of the first team until now but could be about to break out properly.
Capable of unlocking defences with his outstanding passing, Palacios is also athletic enough to track back making him the type of midfielder that Argentina are crying out for.
Sebastian Villa – Boca Juniors
The Colombian might have been signed as a replacement for Cristian Pavón despite being a few months older but after an impressive preseason, Boca might be tempted to pair together either side of a number nine.
Bags of pace, trickery and a goal threat too if his ultimate and title winning season with Deportes Tolima is anything to go by.
Andrés Cubas – Talleres
Touted as the next big thing for a number of years the path was blocked at Boca but after showcasing his talent at Defensa y Justicia last season, Andrés Cubas is now at Talleres. The busy 22-year-old midfielder looks to be at the ideal club to flourish under Juan Pablo Vojvoda and he isn’t alone.
Tomás Pochettino and Gonzalo Maroni both also arrived in Córdoba from Boca looking to make a mark.
Thiago Almada – Vélez Sarsfield
Despite only being 17, Gabriel Heinze says that Thiago Almada is ready for first team action. The boy from Fuerte Apache, home to Carlos Tevez, has already made a substitute appearance and one of Argentina’s brightest prospects looks set to play a part alongside Vélez’s host of promising youngsters.
Great to see 17-year-old Thiago Almada on for @Velez. Hailing from Fuerte Apache, the home of Carlos Tevez, Almada is supposed to be one of the brightest talents in Argentina & is already firmly in Heinze's plans this season pic.twitter.com/eLJIORkEIo
— Peter Coates (@golazoargentino) August 10, 2018
Matías Vargas, already the star man, but Nicolás Domínguez, Lucas Robertone and Francisco Ortega all worth keeping an eye on.
Gastón Togni – Defensa y Justicia
Florencio Varela has proved a valuable destination for young players from the grandes to gain experience and prove themselves at senior level and after Defensa y Justicia saw a number leave in this window, a fresh batch has arrived.
One of those is Independiente’s Gastón Togni and the pacy 20-year-old is already being thrown straight into the first team by Sebastián Beccacece. Capable of playing almost anywhere along the left wing or in attacking midfield, Togni could be the next to graduate from El Halcón.
Alexis Mac Allister – Argentinos Juniors
Following in the footsteps of your father is never easy but former Argentina international Carlos Mac Allister has three boys currently on the books at Argentinos Juniors. Eldest Francis is probably furthest away from making an impact at present but 20-year-old Kevin has already proved himself an excellent left-back and youngest brother, Alexis could solidify his starting role this season.
A hard-working yet creative midfielder, the 19-year-old is perhaps understudy to the experienced Leonardo Pisculichi but has shown flashes of his talent.