The best teams in the world lead the way and give more and more space to the boys. Why not do it in local football?
Julián Álvarez is the fashionable name in River: Marcelo Gallardo opted for him and the 20-year-old youth began to pay for that confidence of the Doll. In Racing, fly on a pure bike Benjamin Garre, a skilled winger who plays more and more unleashed, and takes his first steps and passes the platense Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image (17). By Thiago Almada (19), from Vélez, has asked Manchester City insistently, while Darío Sarmiento (17), Student, and Matías Palacios (18), from San Lorenzo, are highlighted in bold in the scout folders of the great European teams. In Independent it appears Alan Velasco (18) and in Boca they do not doubt the conditions of Gaston Avila (18), while Miguel Angel Russo gives clues to Gonzalo Maroni (21) already Agustin Obando (twenty). The youth list extends to the rest of the clubs in the Professional League. One could fall into the temptation to assert that what will come in Argentina is a football full of youths due to the exclusive effects of the pandemic, although a more global look indicates that this is a trend that deserves to be analyzed from Europe.
The best clubs in the world are betting on the youth. There are not too many excuses when it comes to putting the boys: the coaches show courage and send them to the field. There is no science or technology that indicates the exact moment to put a juvenile in the headlines. Clarifying that comparisons are dangerous, he asks: A 17-year-old boy is not prepared to drive to San Lorenzo but another is ready to be the hitch of Borussia Dortmund of Germany, as it is Giovanni Reyna? Why is it so surprising that Julián Alvarez is a starter in River when Phil Foden (20) it is in Manchester City or Mason Greenwood (18) appears in Manchester United? Was Gabriel Heinze really brave for putting Almada in the headlines when, for example, Zidane does the same with his youth at Real Madrid? Is Sebastián Beccacece crazy for sending Alcaraz to the field and Tiago Banega (21) instead of Darío Cvitanich?
The list of young people who dazzle in top teams in Europe is enormous. Ansu Fati (17 years old, clause of 400 million euros) is presumed to start in the new Barcelona and has already made his debut and scored a goal for the Spanish national team. The French Zinedine Zidane trusts the contributions that the Brazilians can give Rodrygo (20) and Vinicius (20) at Real Madrid. And Diego Simeone is not far behind giving many minutes to Portuguese João Félix (20).
In Italy the Dutch ex-Ajax Matthijs de Ligt (21) relegated the bench of substitutes to a historical as Giorgio Chiellini and the archer Gianluigi Donnarumma (21) has already accumulated 205 games defending the Milan shirt.
The canadian Alphonso Davies (19) was the revelation of Bayern Munich champion of the Champions League with the French Dayotchanculle Upamecano (21) by RB Leipzig. In Dortmund, the forward together with the aforementioned Reyna is made up Jadon Sancho (20), who is also a starter in England, and tank Erling Haaland (20), undisputed forward of Norway. And at Bayer Leverkusen, where Exequiel Palacios finds it difficult to get a footing, the central defender maintains a high level Edmond Faycial Tapsoba (21), the end Florian Wirtz (17) and the left-handed vertical Moussa Diaby (21).
The youth footballers who are already present in the top teams in the world are accumulating. In Chelsea, for example, they are important Mason Mount (21), Kai Havertz (21) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (19), while Mikel Arteta in Arsenal he has filmed Bukayo Saka (20) already Eddie Nketiah (twenty-one). In Liverpool the German Klopp already put Harvey Elliott (17), who became the youngest footballer to debut in the Premier League, at 16 years and 30 days, already Neco Williams (19).
For the midfielder Eduardo Camavinga (17), from Rennes (he has already played 47 games and scored 2 goals; he also made his debut with the National Team), PSG and Real Madrid fight. In France, the forward is also a sensation Mathis Cherki (17) in Lyon, the midfielder Adil Aouchichey (18) in Saint Ettiene and the central defender Benoit Badiashile (19) in Monaco; and Kylian Mbappé (21) has been present at PSG for a long time.
The same thing happens in the leagues of the Netherlands and Portugal: the clubs play with many boys from the Inferiors.
Soccer in Europe must function as a beacon for Argentine teams, if it is to grow. It is known that it is impossible and even absurd to convey ideas without taking into account the contexts, but there is something to study and analyze: there they dare and in the great teams that star in the Champions League, young people under 20 years of age appear. They are not necessarily super players like Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. It is insisted: nobody knows when the young people are ready to send them to the field, even though there are clear indications. Perhaps this is the time for the Argentine coaches to cheer up and take that step forward, which will serve to promote emerging talents and, of course, to take care of the very battered finances of the clubs.