Argentina has produced some of the great attacking maestro in the game of football. From Maradona to Messi, Batistuta , Aguero, to name a few. Though everyone of them are hugely known for their scoring capabilities , Argentina has produced some great midfielders as well in the likes of Veron , Riquelme , Mascherano etc. They now lack a top-class central midfielder. They have quality in attacking positions, but without the solidity in midfield they can’t even think of regaining their glory days.
We are looking at the 5 midfielders who can give the solidity in the middle of the park for Argentina
In recent times Argentina struggles in the central midfield a lot. The 20 year old River academy product Exequiel Palacios couldn’t come at a better time. His precise passing , fast movement with the ball , and good shooting made him a typical argentine midfielder but his defensive side added intensity and physicality made him the hottest asset in the transfer market. People often compares him with the likes of Toni kroos and Luka modric but his maturity and ability to adapt the game in this young age made him even better than them. His ability has not gone unnoticed as the spanish giant Real madrid is planning to sign him in the summer of 2019. Though he debuted for the national side but with his rapid improvement Palacios should expect to get more first team football for Argentina and this guy is here to stay for a long time.
Again from the Argentine superliga this lad is comfortable playing in the central of the park and in the wings as well. His pace makes him dangerous in the flanks and his ability to dribble past with ease in the middle makes him the brightest prospect in recent times. Argentina’s coach Scaloni gave him the opportunity to play for the national side but due to injury he missed it but his debut is only a matter of time. Diego simeone is very much impressed and Zaracho is in the top of his wishlist.
GIOVANI LO CELSO
This left-footed 22-year-old Rosario central product amazed everyone in his debut season at PSG but this year Psg allowed him to go to Real Betis for a season-long loan and an option to buy him. After going to real betis Lo celso has scored 12 goals in all competitions makes him one of the best midfielder in la liga. In Psg lo celso’s role was more of a cdm but after coming to betis he got the opportunity to run in the final third as well. The vision and sense of his passing with an incredible capability of holding the ball makes him a perfect central midfielder and both Real Madrid and Barcelona are keeping a tab on him and reports claimed that he is going to sign for spurs. He was there in Russia with the national team but didn’t get the opportunity but now it is his time to orchestrate the midfield for his nation.
Argentina is struggling in the midfield for quite a long time because of a lack of quality no 5 after mascherano and Leandro gave you an option. The physicality in his playing style makes him a beast while snatching the ball and also he can distribute the ball very quickly through the middle made PSG buy him from Zenit. Maurizio sarri wanted him to sign for chelsea but Psg beat them. According to rumours Juventus sporting director Fabio paratici loves his playing style. His present coach Thomas tuchel said “ He’s a guy who can make very precise passes, very quickly, it’s his job to set the pace and speed up the game.” Observers often compared his playing style with Busquets but he is the mixture of Busquets and Mascherano according to football pundits.
On of the established name in the premier league Lanzini is the fan favourite of West Ham. A skillful player with a lot of energy makes him a perfect player Argentina need at this moment. His injury in a practice session prior to the world cup cost Argentina the perfect balance in the midfield. From then he spent eight months in the sideline but recently returned and showing glimpses of his former self. Klopp is a big time admirer of him and if reports are to believed then Liverpool are lining up a bid for the attacking midfielder. His skill and pace brings solidity in the team and even messi expressed his affection for the 26 year old. Now it is the time for him to shine in the national colour.