7 Uruguayan Primera players to watch in 2022

By Tom Robinson.

Uruguay’s Apertura is already in place and, as always, promises to showcase a disproportionate number of exciting young talents for a country of its size.

Several of last year’s top prospects have already moved on, with big moves for Facundo Torres to Orlando and Matias Arezo to Granada in particular.

The likes of Agustin Alvarez Martinez, Brian Ocampo and Fabricio Diaz remain – for now – but there will be a whole host of new names that will undoubtedly rise to prominence in 2022.

Wireless take a look at a handful worth watching.

Nicolas Quagliata (Vagabonds)

The elegant playmaker has quietly flown under the radar as one of the hottest prospects in Uruguayan football.

The 22-year-old has excellent vision and creativity, can unlock defenses with his subtle balls and float past players with his effortless dribbling.

A regular feature in the Wanderers midfield over the past two years, Quagliatta has shown he has plenty of end product too, with 11 goals + assists in 2021.

Teammate Cesar Araujo has been rewarded with a move to MLS and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Quagliatta follow in his footsteps and be the next big move for Los Bohemios

Thiago Borbas (Flat River)

The departure of wonderkid Matias Arezo should open up the possibility for others to step out of his considerable shadow and 19-year-old Borbas looks like the next big thing for Los Darseneros.

A great athletic striker, Borbas has scored nine times in 2021 and is already out of the picture this season. He’s mobile, holds the ball well and bonds well with his teammates – not to mention being clinical in front of goal.

And Borbas isn’t the only prospect to watch at River; Joaquin Lavega is a highly rated 17-year-old striker, Tiago Galleto an interesting midfield, while recent additions Matias Ocampo and Gonzalo Napoli have talent too.

Joaquin Sosa (Liverpool)

On loan from Nacional, the left centre-back impressed last year at Rentistas and hopes a move to the 2021 Clausura champions can convince his parent club to include him in their long-term plans.

Strong in defence, good in the air and blessed with an impressive long passing game, 20-year-old Sosa will be a great addition to a squad that relies heavily on his youth.

His partnership with fellow countryman Ignacio Rodriguez will be an interesting story to follow.

Sebastien Guerrero (Couple from the city of Montevideo)

The stocky little centre-forward maintained his red form from the second half of 2021 to start the season with two goals in as many league appearances.

The 21-year-old is a real fox in the box, combining excellent movement, power and mobility and scored an impressive 12 goals last year in his debut campaign.

With people like Nicolas Siri, Renzo Orihuela, Santiago Cartagena and Tiago Palacios, City Torque is full of exciting prospects, but it looks like Guerrero might be the biggest breakthrough of them all.

A Libertadores loss to last year’s semi-finalists Barcelona de Guayaquil means we won’t get to see Guerrero on the continental stage this year, but he and City Torque will surely be back.

Alan Maturro (Defensor Sporting)

Defensor Sporting bounced back to earn promotion to the Primera at the first request.

Their success is based on their famous academy, which has already produced players such as Sebastian Abreu, Giorgian de Arrascaeta and Maxi Gomez, and Los Tuertos it looks like they will stay true to their elite youth development roots.

Guardians Matias Dufour (22) and Nicholas Rossi (23) are talented options between the sticks, while Matias Rocha (21), Francisco Barrios (19) and Professor Bernard (18) are all established regulars. If that wasn’t enough, Matias Abaldo and Anderson Duarte (both 17), look like fantastic prospects who could see more playing time.

However, arguably the biggest talent of all is another 17-year-old, Alan Matturro. Benefiting from a wide and powerful frame, the imposing central defender likes to advance out of defense and rake the diagonals with his left foot.

Solid in tackles and dominant in the air, he may still be raw given his age and inexperience but his ceiling is huge and his future very bright.

Ignatius Sosa (Fenix)

Voted the best newcomer of the 2021 season, the 18-year-old midfielder has excellent technique, incisive passing and the energy and mobility to cover plenty of ground in the center of the park.

Already part of the Uruguay U20 setup, Sosa appeared 13 times last season in his debut campaign and will be hoping to solidify his place as a guaranteed starter for Fenix ​​this year.

Things have already started well for Sosa, starting both games as Los Albivioletas recorded back-to-back wins, including a victory over Peñarol on the opening weekend. He may not be the biggest name at the box office, but watch this space.

jimmy evans (Danubio)

The 22-year-old Nigerian has a fascinating story, having originally come to Uruguay on holiday to accompany a friend who was on trial at Rocha in the second division. His friend didn’t make the cut but Evans joined the practice impressed and the rest is history.

After a few years at Rocha, Evans moved to Danubio after their return to the top flight. In their first game in the Primera, Evan’s fairy tale continued as he came off the bench to score the winner on his debut for La Franja.

Until now he’s typically used an impact sub, using his pace and directness to stretch defenses in the late game, it remains to be seen how far Evans can go, but who’s to say this amazing story n there are still a few twists.


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