by Tom Lees - 15th December 2015
One of the brightest young talents in World football has been shining in South American football over recent years, but he is neither Brazilian or Argentinian, young Giorgian De Arrascaeta is a Uruguayan playmaker of the highest calibre.
A classic number 10, with quick feet, a low centre of gravity enabling him to turn defenders inside out, a burst of pace and magic in his right foot, De Arrascaeta has everything it takes to become one of the finest players of a generation. One the greatest compliments you could pay him, is to suggest that he has a little bit of ‘Enzo Francescoli’ to his play, maybe with a slice of Pablo Aimar thrown into the mix. His imagination on the ball, and the ability to almost slow down time to use skills in tight situations, make him an exciting player to watch and you feel he, like Francescoli before him, could be a player spoken about many years after he retires.
De Arrascaeta started his career for Defensor Sporting in the Uruguayan Primera División, making his debut in October 2012, aged 18. The youngster was a member of the Defensor team that was victorious in the 2013 Clausura Championship, but it was his impressive displays during the 2014 Copa Libertadores that really caught the eye, as the Uruguayan side made it to the semi-final stage. Then Brazilian champions Cruzeiro came to an agreement with Defensor, and the exciting playmaker moved to Série A in January 2015 for a reported €4 million, where he has been a regular in the first time since.
The timing of De Arrascaeta’s arrival has come at perfect time for the Uruguayan national team, who have been desperate for a player to link their midfield and fearsome attack, finding a way to give the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani the supply they need. After his displays for Uruguay in the 2013 Under 20 World Cup, it wasn’t long before he was given this chance at senior level, making his debut in September 2014 against South Korea, setting up the only goal of the game. As a sign of the esteem he is held in by the Uruguayan management, De Arrascaeta was included in the 2015 Copa América squad, and more importantly, handed the famous number 10 shirt.
2016 looks likely to be a busy year for the youngster, with the Copa América Centenario taking place in June, and with continued impressive displays for club and Country, there are sure to be scouts from some of Europe’s biggest clubs casting serious eyes over the talent he possesses, with his style seemingly a perfect fit for Spain and La Liga. Of course he is far from the finished article as it stands, but with every game he plays he will grow in confidence and be able to showcase his eye-catching skills and ability. He may not yet be on everyone’s radar, but sooner rather than later, young Giorgian De Arrascaeta could be the talk of the footballing World.