Mohamed Ali-Cho, Pablo Torre successeur d'Iniesta au Barça, Samuel Lino : Les 6 pépites prêtes à enflammer l'Espagne

Mohamed Ali-Cho, Pablo Torre successeur d’Iniesta au Barça, Samuel Lino : Les 6 pépites prêtes à enflammer l’Espagne


Pablo Torre (19, FC Barcelona)

Barca’s busy summer in the transfer market has almost made their most forward-looking signing almost forgotten. Arrived from Racing Santander for a sum of 5 million euros (extendable to 20 depending on the validation of bonuses), this attacking midfielder with an overdeveloped game vision has signed up until 2026 with a release clause set at 100 millions of euros. Agile in the dribble and the pass, Torre recalls in sequence a certain Andrés Iniesta with the ball at his feet. Initially scheduled to start with the reserve team this season, the U19 international with Spain takes advantage of Xavi Hernandez’s indecision to obtain playing time in the preparation match and possibly acquire his place in the first team. from the start of the season.

Our forecast for the La Liga season: 3 goals and 5 assists. Competition obliges the midfielder, the first six months of Pablo Torre at Barça will serve as an apprenticeship and his playing time will be reduced. On the other hand, the 19-year-old boy could have a role to play after the World Cup in Qatar. This is where the Camp Nou will start to really vibrate for its nugget.


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Samuel Lino (22, Valencia CF)

If Atlético de Madrid has been rather wise on the transfer market so far, the Madrid club is still looking to invest. The proof: the Colchoneros do not hesitate to buy players with high potential to lend them to the competition. This is the case of this 22-year-old Brazilian winger bought from Gil Vicente for 6.5 million euros. Author of 22 goals in 86 matches in the Portuguese championship, Lino wishes to take a step forward by establishing himself as a rising value in the Spanish Liga. For that, he will have to find a place in the attack of Valencia CF, a club in search of a sporting balance. Fast and an excellent finisher, Lino could well put a few opposing defenses to the test this season.

Our forecast for the La Liga season: 8 goals and 7 assists. If Gennaro Gattuso has validated this loan, the Italian coach must have something in mind to insert Lino into his tactical plans. On the counter-attack, the supersonic profile of the Brazilian could hit home after the sale of Gonçalo Guedes.

Guilherme Guedes (20 years old, UD Almeria)

Despite the recent signing of Gonçalo Guedes for Wolverhamtpon, a namesake will honor this surname in the Spanish La Liga. Accustomed to the Portuguese U20 team where he occupies the position of midfielder, Guilherme Guedes is considered a player of the future within the Portuguese selection. At 20, this central midfielder trained at Vitória Guimarães has signed up for the next six seasons with the recently promoted Spanish Liga. Recognized for his above-average physical skills and his full range of play, this 1.84m warrior signed for 3 million euros in a team ready to fight for maintenance this season. The season will not be easy, but he can aspire to a starting position if his first performances are convincing.

Our forecast for the La Liga season: 1 goal and 3 assists. A priori, Almeria will fight to maintain and it is not easy to have glowing statistics in a team at the bottom of the table. It’s up to him to prove that he deserves his place in one of the best championships in the world.

Gonzalo Plata (21, Real Valladolid)

Attention, hot-blooded phenomenon in action. Landed last year in Spain via a loan from Sporting Lisbon, this Ecuadorian international has made a successful debut with the Blanquivioletas, becoming one of the spearheads of the attack along with Israeli striker Shon Weissman. If his statistics in the Spanish second division are correct without being flamboyant (6 goals and 5 assists in 31 games), this Ronaldinho fan above all scored precious points in selection where his match against Brazil last January (1-1) did not go unnoticed. For his first season in La Liga at 21, Plata could well accelerate his progress in order to render good services to Valladolid with a view to maintaining them.

Our forecast for the La Liga season: 7 goals and 6 assists. If Plata starts his season with a bang in Valladolid, he will most likely be one of Ecuador’s major dangers at the World Cup and will inevitably interest foreign teams when it comes to chaining the swaying dribbles of which he has the secret.

Mohamed Ali-Cho (18, Royal Society)

It is certainly the nice move of the transfer window for Real Sociedad. Qualified for the Europa League 2022-2023, the Txuri-Urdin managed to attract one of the great hopes of French football into their nets with the SCO Angers striker against 12 million euros. Despite the interests of OM, Betis Sevilla or FC Valencia, the 18-year-old center-forward explained his choice by emphasizing “the calm” of the city of San Sebastian. Head on the shoulders and number 11 in the back, Ali-Cho lands in an ambitious team. Successor to Adnan Januzaj, his attacking association with Mikel Oyarzabal, Alexander Isak and Alexander Sørloth is already making opposing defenses dizzy. In addition, his integration into the locker room should be facilitated by his compatriot Robin Le Normand.

Our forecast for the La Liga season: 8 goals and 8 assists. In an open championship with a team with a forward-looking philosophy of play, the native of Seine Saint-Denis should seduce Basque supporters thanks to his collective sense, his dribbling and his quality of finishing.

Mohamed Ali-Cho in action with the Real Sociedad shirt

Credit: Imago

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