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Seven awesome Argentine players we want in the Premier League

| 03.12.2014

Following the success of our seven Brazilian footballers that Coral experts would like to see in the Premier League, we’ve been asked by popular demand to give their eternal South American rivals Argentina the same treatment.

Well, if you want it, you got it. We’ve put our heads together to come up with a magnificent seven of Argentine talents we want to see over here in the English top-flight.

Gonzalo Higuain
Who better to start with than Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi’s attacking partner in crime, Higuain? Fitting this fearsome foursome into the Argentina first XI is tricky, as many coaches including Diego Maradona, Sergio Batista, Alejandro Sabella and now Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino have discovered.

When he was ready to leave Real Madrid, the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea were after hitman Higuain, but the lure of Serie A giants Napoli proved too strong to resist. Under ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, he has been prolific, winning the Coppa Italia last term, and is key to the Neapolitan team’s hopes of Europa League glory (14/1 to lift the trophy).

Brendan Rodgers could sure use a proven poacher right now at Anfield, and Higuain has all the attributes to hurt Premier League defences. Strong, and powerful with clever movement, nor would he shy away from the physical side of the game.

Ezequiel Garay
Like Higuain, centre back Garay played at the Bernabeu before seeking pastures new at Benfica. He has since switched to Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg, but there are rumours he is unhappy there under Andre Villa-Boas. At 28, he is in his prime and we wish that Garay had opted for Manchester United over the summer instead.

A solid and cultured centre half, who used to take penalties when he was a precocious youngster at then La Liga side Racing Santander, Garay would get that Red Devils rearguard back on their game. Louis van Gaal could capitalise on the player being reportedly unsettled, and we all pray he does.

Paulo Dybala
Palermo striker Dybala has taken the opportunity to lead the Sicilian Serie A side’s attack with both hands after the club sold previous top scorer Abel Hernandez to Hull City. With Arsenal linked with a big money £33m swoop for this latest talent, according to reports in Italy, we see bags of potential in this up-and-coming player.

Dybala has netted in each of his last four league games for Palermo, including in a famous win over AC Milan in the San Siro. This has proved the 21-year-old is the real deal, as he’s already on for his best ever scoring season since switching to Serie A. We think devastating Dybala would be a great fit for Everton, where he could form a mouth-watering partnership with Romelu Lukaku.

Mateo Musacchio
Villarreal centre back Musacchio was strongly linked with Spurs this summer, only for compatriot coach Mauricio Pochettino to plump for Sevilla counterpart Federico Fazio instead. Did he make the right choice? Only time will tell.

As Arsenal are rumoured to seek a shock swoop for Romania rock Vlad Chiriches, and long-standing speculation Jan Vertonghen may be on his way if Tottenham cannot break back into the top four (13/2 chances to do so this term), they may need someone new. Loyal Yellow Submarine recruit Musacchio could be on his way to White Hart Lane before too long, then.

Javier Pastore
Having struggled to establish himself at PSG initially, creative and versatile midfielder Pastore is playing with real pomp at the Parc des Princes now. We could equally have featured compatriot and club teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi in our list, with the wide forward only completing 90 minutes once for Laurent Blanc, but we’ve chosen another player with a Palermo connection instead.

All-action in whatever formation the Parisians set up with, Pastore is yet to lose a single club match across any competition at the time of writing. His work rate has improved no end and that will have got the attention of Jose Mourinho.

Pastore would make a wonderful addition to a star-studded squad at Stamford Bridge, but will be plotting to give them the Blues if the two teams meet at the business end of the Champions League again. PSG are 16/1 shots to go all the way this term and win Europe’s elite club competition.

Sergio Romero
Argentina’s number one Romero thought he would make an impact at resurgent Ligue 1 side Monaco last term, but ended up playing just nine times in French football. Sent back to Sampdoria with his tail between his legs, it seemed at first as if his parent club had planned for a future without him.

Make no mistake, this is a player who has turned out in the World Cup final, stopping Brazil tournament winners Germany from scoring until extra time. Given Arsenal’s current woes between the posts, with Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina both sidelined, Romero would get our vote to keep goal for the Gunners.

Nicolas Gaitan
Notching seven assists for Portuguese giants Benfica already this term, the guile of midfielder ‘Nico’ Gaitan would go well together with and flourish in the Premier League. Able to play on the flank or off the front, he is another Argentina international linked to Old Trafford in past transfer windows.

After sinking a domestic treble with the Lisbon club last term, nobody could blame Gaitan for moving on. As David Silva gets older, his silky skills could be replicated by this player at Premier League champions Manchester City, who are 9/2 chances to retain their title.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.