Arsenal seem to be lining up the next big thing in South American football as they are linked with a move for Rodrigo Bentancur. The 18-year-old midfielder has been a rising star in Argentina for Boca Juniors and seems to have caught the eye of Arsene Wenger.
The midfielder has made 26 appearances in the league during his Boca career and has scored once in the league for the side. He has already won the Primera Division and Copa Argentina with his Boca side and could be on his way to London.
The Uruguayan is seen as a player that Arsene wants, especially with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini all suffering injuries and being out for a long time. Bentancur has excelled in Argentina and also been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Let us look into what kind of player he is and why is he attracting interest from some of the top clubs in Europe.
From Uruguay to London?
Bentancur was born in Neuva Helvecia in Uruguay and was signed up initially by Club Artesano and later joined his current club Boca Juniors. He can play in the centre of midfield or as an attacking midfielder which will be of great relief to Arsene Wenger as he has looked for a player who can take up the role of a Jack Wilshere in the team or even be an upgrade on Aaron Ramsey who does struggle in the centre of the park as recent games have shown.
Bentancur’s passing and vision are some of his strong points. He might not have the ability to ping long balls but he can pick out players and is extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet. He does have a good shot in him also and is known to shoot from distance though his scoring record isn’t the greatest in the world.
He is physically well built though he does need a lot of work if he is to survive in the Premier League. He does have great movement as well as links up well with the rest of the team, this fluid motion would certainly fit in well with the Arsenal way of things and with Bentancur pulling the strings, Arsenal should not be worried about this position for the few years to come.
If he does sign for the Gunners, we don’t think he would be fast tracked into the Gunners XI. Unlike Alex Iwobi, he probably does need some time to settle in the English way of things but that is something which can be provided for someone who is as talented as he is.
Arsenal need someone in the heart of the midfield and the sooner they snap up the midfielder, the better it would be but like any young player who is signed, ir would be a big gamble and that is something that Arsene Wenger could well decide to take up.