Lucas Torreira - an eye-catching signing you need to look out for this season
The Guardian's Nick Ames outlines Uruguayan defensive midfielder as Arsenal's hot-prospect signing
"The Uruguay midfielder’s arrival was rubber-stamped just four days after his national team had exited the World Cup at the hands of France, the deal had essentially been a formality for weeks, and the feeling among long-term watchers is that he will prove well worth the wait.
Lucas Torreira’s Arsenal debut by numbers🇺🇾— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) August 5, 2018
61 minutes played
57 passes completed (91% accuracy)
1 aerial duel won
1 dribble completed
4 duels won
Hopefully the beginning of something special.
"Arsenal’s woes in the defensive midfield position are, by now, verging on second nature but Torreira comes with a reputation for providing something different. Firstly, and like some of the best operators in his role, you might hardly notice him: the 22-year-old is just 5ft 6in tall and, at the briefest of first glances, not the kind of dominant figure Arsenal have lacked.
Seeing other clubs having to overpay for their targets because of the deadline rapidly approaching really does make you appreciate the Torreira deal even more. €30m paid in 3 even installments over the next 3 years with £50,000 per week is superb given the current market.— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) August 7, 2018
"There is much more to Torreira, though. He possesses classic Uruguayan steel that belies his size and, crucially, shows exceptional positional discipline for someone so young. Last season he was stationed at the base of a diamond for Sampdoria, recycling possession and winning it back with alacrity. Torreira covers a huge amount of ground and has drawn comparisons in some quarters to N’Golo Kante."
The first one, who have noticed Arsenal's interest in Uruguayan defensive midfielder were Calciomercato at the end of May. Torreira was considered to take Santi Cazorla's role and strengthen Gunners' midfield, due to his a tough-tackling midfielder's position. But already on 10th July Torreira has completed a move from Seria A side Sampdoria for a reported fee of £26 million and picked up a No. 11 jersey.
Lucas Torreira tried to block a cross with his head while laying down for Uruguay, rejected some big clubs for Arsenal & now he said he’s chosen number 11 so he can sit next to Özil in the dressing room. This guy is already a legend.— Lacazettes (@Lacazettes) August 3, 2018
His debut for Arsenal he has made in the pre-season tour game against Lazio with a 2-0 win over Seria A side. He will probably be ready to make his competitive debut in the Premier League for the Gunners, however, Unai Emery has stated the newcomers aren't fully fit to play against Manchester City on Sunday, August 12.