Spurs chase the next River Plate scoring prodigy [VIDEO]

Tottenham continue to scour the world for young talent and are looking at Erik Lamela's old club and Argentinian champions Club Atlético River Plate.

Spurs chase the next River Plate scoring prodigy


They have their eyes on 18 year-old striker Sebastián Driussi with suggestions that a fee of £6 million plus add-ons being required to secure him. South America is a hotbed of talent that flourishes in Europe and I have been keen that the club look harder at the continent.

Driussi has scored 7 goals in 15 games for Argentina U17's and was part of the Argentina side that were knocked out in the semi-finals of the 2013 Under 17 World Cup. This year he was given his first two games in the first team.

Spurs have been watching Driussi now for over a year and very closely in the last 6 months. He is very highly regarded in Argentina but out press like to go over the top with the overused 'sensation' and 'wondekid' descriptions.

He is 5ft 10in (1.80m) and is quick. He has acceleration, technique, an instinct for the game, that priceless finishing ability, he is a good dribbler, passer and has a touch of flair about him.

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River Plate have one of the best youth academy in South America and are famed is famed for producing strikers. Javier Saviola, Hernan Crespo, Ariel Ortega, Fernando Cavenaghi, Maxi Lopez all came through the River Plate academy.

Driussi has been tipped to lead Argentina's attack in future and the coach of Argentina U-17 national team, Humberto Grondona feels he is special.

“He’s a special player, who is very dangerous and very important for the team. Sometimes, you have to be patient with strikers. He is a forward who has the ability to decide games.”

He won the Sudamericano U-17 2013 with Argentina and the Under-17 Club World Cup in Madrid with River Plate beating sides like Atletico Madrid, Sampdoria and Barcelona. He was the leading goalscorer at the tournament.

Driussi is another of the long line of players to emerge from ‘el potrero’ (the pastureland), which is the name locals have for the breeding grounds of the seemingly endless supply of Argentinian talent.

He describes himself as an optimist who loves to score goals but can operate as a second striker.

“I love scoring goals. I’m always pushing up, challenging, looking for opportunities. But I didn’t always line up in my current No.9 position. I used to play deeper, as a No.10 or second striker. I can also operate in that position as I’ve good control, a fine shot and great ability in the air.”

“I’m sure that good things will come as I go on through my career. I’ve always thought that I would make my debut with the River first-team, win the title with the club I love and then, of course, consider playing in Europe."

Everything you hear and read about the young man is that he is a talent waiting to happen so if we can grasp his signature we may have unearthed a finisher cheaply.





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