7 young soccer stars at Copa America Centenario
Hirving Lozano (20, Mexico and Pachuca, midfielder)
He has already been starting for his club side, and was granted a spot on Mexico for Copa America, playing in their group matches. He is an outstanding winger who already has many European clubs looking at him. Hirving is going to be a right footed inverted winger, with his pace and dribbling ability. He is a creative force, and can score with his powerful left foot. The future is bright for the supposedly cocky young star, and already PSV has bid upwards of 7 million Euros for him.
Adalberto Peñaranda (19, Venezuela and Watford, striker)
He was signed from Udinese in the summer of 2016 and loaned to Granada. He has only scored one goal in fourteen matches for the Spanish side. Adalberto was on the Venezuela Copa America squad. He doesn’t mind physical contact, which isn’t common among young strikers, and will suit him well in the Premier League. He has lightning speed, and can put a cross in with some of the best of them.
Marlos Moreno (19, Colombia and Aletico Nacional, striker)
No one has had more of an ascension into the ranks of wonderkinds than Marlos. In fact, Tim Vickery says that he’s the best young player in South America right now. Most of that is due to his three goals in five matches in the Copa Libertadores, as Nacional has laid waste to any club in front of them. He’s got great movement, decision making, and predatory instincts, while being under 20. Marlos has already made his debut for the Colombian national team, and has all of the top clubs in Europe scouting him. Liverpool has been the most persistent, but it appears he may be heading to Manchester City in a £8 million deal.
Blas Riveros (19, Paraguay and Club Olimpia, defender)
He’s already off to Basel, and has lifted the title in the Paraguayan First Division, and was on the national team, even though he wasn’t selected in any of the matches to play. He’s one of the better young defenders to leave South America in the last two years. The future looks very bright for the young man.