In this monthly series HTGA football writes down who his favourite young players are of that specific month. This time: September.
For this edition, bear in mind that I have already written a piece this month about three talented young players, which were my favourite of August and the beginning of September.
Nehuén Pérez (FC Famalicão)
Nehuén Pérez is a 19-year-old centre-back who comes from Argentina. He started his career at Argentinos Juniors, and after a few years in the youth set up he moved to Atletico Madrid for £2.25M. He was loaned back to Argentinos Juniors for another year, but yet again he struggled to get game time in the first team. In total he played three matches in the Primera Division for Argentinos Juniors. This summer, Atletico Madrid loaned him to FC Famalicão, which is the best move Nehuén Pérez could asked for.
In Famalicão’s first seven games, Nehuén Pérez was in the starting line-up and has been a rock in defence. He has formed a great duo with 22-year-old Patrick William, although Patrick William is not as good as Nehuén Pérez. The Argentine centre-back is a great tackler, is very strong in the one-on-one duels and is strong in aerial duels. However, there’s one thing the 19-year-old isn’t good at. His long passing is mediocre. Ten of his last 30 long passes had led to a loss of possession.
If he can continues on this development path, he return to Atletico Madrid and fight for a place in the squad.
Daizen Maeda (CS Marítimo)
Daizen Maeda is a 22-year-old right-winger, who can also play as a striker. The Japanese has played for several Japanese clubs before moving to CS Marítimo on loan. In Japan, he played 92 games in both the first tier and the second tier, scoring 22 times.
In the first two matches for CS Marítimo, Maeda started on the bench. In both matches he was subbed on and made a good impression, and found himself in the starting line-up for the following four matches. In those four matches he scored two goals and impressed with his incredible pace and dribbling. The match that stood out was the match against SC Braga. In this match he completed two dribbles, won a penalty which he scored and he was fouled twice by Braga players leading to yellow cards.
After this season he will go back to Japan, which makes him an interesting player for several clubs in Europe.
Álex Centelles (FC Famalicão)
Álex Centelles is a 20-year-old left-back who comes from Spain. The player of Famalicão came on loan from Valencia CF and has been one of the revelations in September.
In the first four matches, Centelles was on the bench, and didn’t play a single minute for Famalicão. However, his rival at full back Tymon didn’t play very well and Centelles got his chance against FC Paços de Ferreira, and made an instant impact. He has proved to be a very complete left-back. In two matches (Paços and Sporting), he completed three out of three tackles, he won twelve out of 21 duels, he made nine clearances, he made six interceptions, he won six free kicks, he made five key passes and he completed 79 out of 91 passes.
Centelles has been great in these two matches and it will be interesting to see whether he can continue this great form.