The Dawn Of A New Torres?
At the start of every season a new crop of fresh faces appear to the public of who will become the next best thing in European Football. With this being acknowledged I soon darted on a quick scouting trip to observe Europe’s next greatest talents.
Julian Draxler an 18 year old winger from Schalke 04 made his debut in January 2011 and looks set to take his place amongst this new exciting crop of German youngsters alongside the likes of the already established Mario Gotze, 20, his Dortmund teammate Moritz Leitner, 19 and Bayern Munich’s Emre Can, 18. A few young Italians gave me something to take note of Marco Verrati, 19, who recently made the move to PSG, has a very bright future ahead of him. Not to mention Chelsea’s young Belgian starlet Thorgan Hazard, 19, the younger brother of the Belgian International Eden Hazard, who according to Eden Hazard is the better of the two, hard to imagine, but a scary thought if true.
So my scouting trip took me to the home of the double European Champions and World Champions Spain. Now although their U23 side faltered on the world stage with their performance at the Olympics, it should be well documented that their U19’s side is something very special. Their team consists of Barcelona’s Gerard Delafoeu, 18, who based on youtube looks to be a highlight reel and somewhat reminiscent of a certain Argentinean sensation, Real Madrid’s Jese, 19, dubbed as the new Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Suso, 18, a player expected to feature in Liverpool’s first team this season. However it was one of their younger players that shone, Oliver Torres aged just 17 amazed and dazzled with his amazing ball control, technique, tactical awareness and wonderful range of passing.
Applying his trade at Atletico Madrid Oliver Torres may find himself featuring earlier than expected, with a vacancy of a naturally gifted attacking midfielder waiting to be filled, following Diego Ribas’ return to Wolfsburg after his season-long loan spell at the Vicente Calderon. And if his debut is anything to go by, with more first team exposure the Spanish starlet should be a perfect fit for that very role. At a very young age Oliver Torres has shown no signs of shying away from dictating the way his team plays, sharing similarities in that respect to Xavi. And his passing range at such a tame age replicates a certain Cesc Fabregas during his teenage years at Arsenal. Yes I am billing this kid to be something special, but I have no doubt in my mind that he will be a mainstay in Spanish Football for many years to come. Watch this space.
Check out his performance against Greece to help his side win the European U’19 Championship in July this year.
Reece Ravalier (@ReeceRav)