The return of sporting activity in the country is a propitious moment for the youth to establish themselves in the First Division and consolidate themselves in their respective teams.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that affected the entire world and, in particular, destabilized the foundations of Argentina’s economy, the clubs were affected by one of the largest exoduses of footballers, who arrived abroad in search of foreign currencies.
That way, The restart of Argentine soccer is a propitious moment for the youth to establish themselves in the First Division and consolidate themselves in their respective teams. Among the promises that have an encouraging future and the young people who are already going through a great present, stand out Julián Álvarez, in River; Benjamin Garré, from Racing; Thiago Almada, from Velez; Alan Velasco, from independent; Agustín Urzi, from Banfield; Pedro de la Vega, from Lanús; Matías Palacios, from San Lorenzo; and Gastón Ávila, from Boca.
Since his official debut at River, on October 27, 2018 in the 1-0 victory against Aldosivi at the Monumental, Julián Álvarez has become one of Marcelo Gallardo’s favorite players, who has repeatedly shown that he hits more than what is wrong.
With only two games in the First Division, he entered instead of Exequiel Palacios during the first overtime of the historic final of the Copa Libertadores 2018 that was played between River and Boca, at the Santiago Bernabeu in Spain.
Since then, the 20-year-old striker who plays winger on the right began to add minutes and establish himself in Núñez’s club, until the coronavirus pandemic suspended sports competitions worldwide. However, far from playing against him, Argentina’s extensive soccer break represented a key turning point in his career.
Before the virus appeared, he had three goals and three assists in 26 games with the River shirt. After the restart of activities, he won a place in the starting lineup alongside Rafael Santos Borré and Matías Suárez and has four goals in three games, all for the Copa Libertadores. In the 2-2 draw against São Paulo in Brazil, he contributed a goal and an assist; in the 6-0 win against Deportivo Binacional in Peru, he scored a goal; and in the home victory (at Independiente’s court) by 2-1 against the Brazilian team, he scored a double.
The young man from Calchín, Córdoba, It also shines with the Argentina National Team shirt: in the South American Sub 20 of Chile 2019, he obtained the runner-up (he scored four goals in nine games); In the 2020 South American Pre-Olympic in Colombia, he contributed four goals in seven games and won the gold medal, and in the 2019 Under-20 World Cup in Poland, he scored three goals in four games.
After the double friendly that Vélez played against Estudiantes de La Plata in the preview of the restart of Argentine football after the coronavirus pandemic, it was confirmed that Thiago Almada will wear the number ten on his back during the next season.
Charming, dribbler and daring, the 19-year-old footballer is one of the jewels with a promising future of the Liniers team. In total, he has 46 games and nine goals. The last goal he scored is a test of his personality: in the last minute of the match against Aucas of Ecuador, for the South American Cup, he took charge of the penalty that would determine whether Vélez advanced to the next instance of the continental competition or if he was eliminated in first round.
His official debut was on August 10, 2018 in the 2-0 victory over Newell’s Old Boys in the Super League. In this way, he became the first Fortín player born in the new century to make his debut in the First Division.
The soccer player born in Fuerte Apache, from where he meets one of his idols Carlos Tevez, has a contract until June 2023 and its termination clause is around 25 million euros.
A native of Olavarría, Pedro de la Vega spent his childhood at the Ferrocarril Sud club. In 2012 he traveled to Buenos Aires to try his luck at River and Boca. Neither club accepted him, unlike Lanús, who gave him a place in his pension.
In 2017, when he was playing in Seventh, he received the award given by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to the “Outstanding youth player”. Without even going through reservation, had its official debut on September 16, 2018, in the 1-0 defeat against Racing. Since then, he has accumulated 32 official matches and five goals in the Garnet.
Thanks to the hierarchy and demonstrated talent, he was summoned by Fernando Batista to play the 2019 South American Sub 20 that was played in Chile. There, he added minutes in the nine games played by the selected runner-up that achieved qualification for the Youth World Cup in Poland.
Although he has a contract with Lanús until June 2023, several teams in Europe follow the 19-year-old youth closely. Among them, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leed United, recently promoted to the Premier League.
Agustín Urzi came to the Banfield youth team in 2008 and began training with the reserve at the age of 17. On December 1, 2018, led by Julio César Falcioni, he made his professional debut in the 1-0 loss to Argentinos Juniors.