Every year, a player comes from nowhere to light up the Premier League. N’Golo Kanté, Philippe Coutinho, Chicharito and even Cristiano Ronaldo are among the names who made an immediate impact as they arrived on English shores. It’s no surprise then that teams spend now much time – and money - to try to find an unknown gem... Well, they have to look no longer, because at GiveMeSport we have scouted the best young players Latin American teams have to offer and here are the top five below.
1.- Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina)
Fancy a new Lionel Messi? Well, you can find one in the same city where the Barcelona star was born. At 19, Giovani Lo Celso is currently the hottest property in the Argentinean league, starring for Rosario Central. He’s left-footed, just like Messi, and his burst and ability to left rivals for dead definitely bears a resemblance to the Barcelona star. But Lo Celso is taller (5’11) and probably will not quite become the best of the world. Still, he could be an asset to any top Premier League who would invest on him.
Expected value: £14 million.
Good fits: Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham
2.- Hirving Lozano (Mexico)
Two weekends ago, Jim Lawlor was present in the stands of Estadio Hidalgo, in the small Mexican city of Pachuca. Jim is Manchester United’s chief scout, and he was there to watch the Mexican League new gem, Hirving Lozano. He's no Chicharito, but a young, pacey right winger in the mould of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. The 20-year-old made his first start for the Mexican National team against Canada a few weeks ago and promptly scored a goal that had more than a hint of the Real Madrid star. Check it out below.
Expected value: £10 million
Good fits: Manchester United, Chelsea
3.- Marlos Moreno (Colombia)
The whole country of Colombia is head over heels for this extremely quick striker. He came on in the pitch in the 84th minute in a crucial qualifier deadlocked at 2-2 against Bolivia. It only took him six minutes to decide the game by offering an amazing assist to Edwin Cardona after waltzing past the entire Bolivian defence. Colombian media consider it a foregone conclusion that the 19-year-old phenomenon will leave his team, Atlético Nacional,ion the summer. Liverpool have been touted as a possible destination, but a lucrative move to the Chinese league is also on the books.
Expected value: £11 million
Good fits: Liverpool, West Ham
4.- Rodrigo Caio (Brazil)
He seemed to be on his way to the Spanish League last summer, with Atletico Madrid and Valencia fighting hard for his signature in what would have been a 16.5 million euro transfer. However, a knee problem scared off both Spanish sides at the last minute and the 22-year-old central defender remained in Sao Paulo. Since then, Caio has played more than 30 games for his club and will skipper the Brazilian U23 side that will try to win the gold medal on home soil in the Olympic Games. He’s a central defender in the mould of David Luiz, and can play as a holding midfielder as well. He can probably be had at a discounted price after last summer’s frustrated transfers.
Expected value: £7 million
Good fits: Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea
5.- Javier López (Mexico)
This 21-year-old winger has appeared from completely out of the blue to take the Mexican league by storm. He has scored three goals in his last three games, though it’s not the numbers that impress but the amazingness of them. There’s more than a hint of Messi in the way he leaves rivals for dead and while you might think "oh! another new Messi", I just ask you to watch the video below. You'll understand why fans of his club, Chivas, are going ecstatic over the possibilities of this diminutive winger. This will be a moment to have him on the cheap, for a team that can develop his outstanding natural talent.
Expected value: £5 million
Good fits: Leicester, Southampton, West Ham
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