Lucas Torreira was born in Fray Bentos, Uruguay in 1996, before moving to Italy in 2014 as a 17 year old after being scouted by Italian club Pescara. Lucas Torreira is a defensive midfielder who is currently at Arsenal, and his early tenacious performances for the Gunners has many pundits and onlookers holding him in high esteem.
As Torreira was born in 1996, he and has seen his national team lift silverware just the once, when they were triumphant at the Copa America in 2011, hosted in Argentina. Lucas Torreira can now help his country to win their next trophy, in a team that includes world class players such as Diego Godin, Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani. Lucas Torreira, who turned down the opportunity to play for Italy, first represented his national team in the China Cup in March 2018. His performances there, and in club football warranted a spot in the World Cup squad at Russia. Despite not starting the first two matches, he did come off the bench to spark some intensity in two drab affairs. His bright substitute appearances earned him a starting place against Russia on match day three in a rather meaningless game, but he was able to keep his position for a crucial last 16 match against Portugal. In a defensive match, Lucas Torreira was always on point to prevent Portugal gather momentum in the match, as Uruguay ran out 2-1 winners. Uruguay were knocked out by France in the quarter finals, but Lucas Torreira started that game and was rated the best player of Uruguay by spectators. Lucas Torreira is sure to remain an integral part of Uruguay’s team going into future tournaments.
Rise to Arsenal
Lucas Torreira started his footballing career at local side Montevideo Wanderers Youth team before moving to Pescara in 2014. He made his first professional debut in May 2015 in a Serie B clash against Varase. Despite only playing five matches, Sampdoria had high expectations of the youngster and decided to purchase him for €1.5 million and send him back to Pescara on loan for another season. After an impressive season on loan where he scored three goals from a defensive midfield position, Sampdoria decided to recall him back from loan for the 2016/2017 season. In his first ever season in Serie A, Lucas Torreira encapsulated exactly what he was about, performing well on a consistent basis. In his second season at Sampdoria, he continued his impeccable form and even scored a goal against Juventus in a famous 3-2 win. His performances were then being recognised back in Uruguay and started to get involved in the international set up. Following a couple of years of remarkable performances for both club and country, new Arsenal manager Unai Emery decided to buy Torreira for £26.4 million in the summer of 2018.
Torreira at Arsenal – Four Months In
Lucas Torreira has been a breath of fresh air for Arsenal fans, and has already got them singing his name. Many Arsenal fans wouldn’t have seen him a lot at Sampdoria and may not have recognised him at the World Cup, because he’s not exactly a player to grab the headlines all the time. However, now Arsenal fans are demanding his name to be one of the first 11 players on the team sheet whenever they play. Wearing Mesut Ozil’s old number, it’s still early days for Torreira at Arsenal, but he was named man of the match against Liverpool in November, and again against Tottenham in the North London derby, which he capped off with a goal. The passion, determination and drive has shown in his first 14 matches proves that he can have a bright future at Arsenal and is already giving him a hero’s status by some.
Abilities and Skills
Lucas Torreira lacks height, but it gives him a low centre of gravity making him quick, nimble and the ability to cover a lot of grass – similar to N’Golo Kante at Chelsea. He is two footed, sharp to make a tackle, swift to release the ball and can dribble when required. It must be said that his most inspiring ability, is he tenacity and desire to win. Lucas Torreira is a complete team player, and works for the cause of his team mates, not just for himself. He celebrated scoring against Tottenham as if he was a local lad, and understands what it means to be an Arsenal player. Arsenal have been lacking a player that shows that competitive edge and bite in midfield for many years now, and it looks like Arsenal have finally got their man.