Lucas Torreira: 3 Things To Note About Arsenal Target
Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a £22 million deal for Sampdoria’s 22-year-old Uruguayan midfielder, Lucas Torreira.
For their die-hard annually heart-broken fans, it remains to be seen whether the Gunners’ interest ever materialises into something more substantial.
This is because they have failed at the last minute on several targets in the past, although at least we can tell they have genuine interest in this one.
While we wait to see where this ‘chase’ ends, lets look at some notable facts about the young star that fans should know.
1. He has history of consistency
Arsenal, in the past decade, has been plagued by injuries to key players when they matter most.
This misfortune has made fans at many times call for the heads of the medical staff, while some believe Arsene Wenger should be blamed for signing fragile players.
However, with Torreira, Arsenal seem to have unearthed a strong player who hardly gets injured.
For the past two seasons, he has totalled 71 Serie A games for Sampdoria, averaging more than 3000 minutes in each of the campaigns.
In all competitions, he now has 116 club appearances in his career, as well as one international cap for Uruguay, as well as being named to the World Cup squad this summer. All this experience at 22 is extremely rare.
In May 2018 he was named in Uruguay's provisional 26-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and will be representing the South American country at the tournament.
He has done all these with consistency of availability.
2. He has good defensive stats
Fans have cried for many seasons about Arsenal’s need for a defensive midfielder. They have stopped wishing Ozil could defend because he won’t.
With Torreira, they can wish again as the midfielder has some well-rounded defensive stats from the past season.
In 32 games (according to WhoScored.com), Torreira averaged 2.8 tackles and and 2 interceptions per 90, as well as 0.9 clearances and 0.5 blocks.
Offensively, Torreira has contributed to 4 goals and 1 assists and a decent 50% shot accuracy and 87% pass accuracy.
All done consistently without silly injuries.
3. He has little physical presence
Feel free to be optimistic dear Arsenal fans but its not all perfect about your ‘new boy’.
At 5-foot-5 (1.68 metres), Torreira does not have a massive physical presence.
However, he has been many times commended for using his average size positively because he matches it with plenty of steel.
He is a natural ball winner with an uncanny ability to nip in at the feet of his opponents to win possession and has the quickness to harass attackers across the pitch.
He does not offer that aerial threat in either box, but paired with someone like Granit Xhaka or Aaron Ramsey, Torreira's size shouldn't be an issue.
Arsenal might need to start thinking of how best to deploy the likes of Jack Wilshere in the physical Premier League.
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