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5 Latino soccer players to keep an eye on in 2015

5 Latino soccer players to keep an eye on in 2015

Posted by Juan Gavasa on December 30, 2014

If 2014 has taught something to the soccer fanatic is that talent is on the eye of the beholder. During the 2014 World Cup, many of the stand-out players were not those who were supposed to shine brighter than the rest, but rather the ones who tried harder, never gave up and helped their teams come atop their rivals. Because of that, these five soccer players –while not the most glamorous– should stay on your radar because they will likely steal many headlines:

Memo Ochoa

A great World Cup, six months wasted in Malaga, and it seems like a prosperous move to the EPL to close the year. A very exciting 2014 for the Mexican goalkeeper that should yield an even better 2015, as he could be suiting up for Liverpool starting this January.

While the Reds have lost some of their luster from last year, they are still a force to reckon with, and they should find some stability with Memo on goal. Definitely worth checking out what Ochoa will do playing for a European giant — finally.

Enzo Perez

One of the best players in the Argentina squad in the last World Cup has reached the big leagues in Europe. After a few seasons at a great level in Portugal, Valencia will shell out 25 million for Perez, and will hope he can finally make their midfield as solid as can be.

The Argentine is a very talented player that has been screaming for an opportunity to show his talents at a bigger scale, and he will now be able to prove what he is made of. With just a little bit of luck, his connection with Andre Gomes in the middle could do wonders for Valencia, while Negredo, Rodrigo and Alcacer should manage to the rest up front.

Juan Cuadrado

The Cafetero sensation of the last World Cup stuck to his guns and remained in the glorious city of Florence after the summer. Barcelona and Manchester United tried their best to sign the attacking midfielder, but Cuadrado wanted to spend at least another season with the Violas. In 2015, however, this will change –for sure– and since Barcelona cannot sign any players until January 2016, his next port will most likely be Manchester.

With Van Gaal deploying his world-renown 2-3-2-3, Cuadrado can become the true right back/winger who can own up the entire sector, and become a double edge sword for United: defending like the best and attacking with the skills of the best wingers. If Luke Shaw can recover his best form on the left, Van Gaal could count on two of the best specialists on playing next to the sideline in the world, and United would be that much more dangerous.

Alexis Sanchez

At Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez is already revered as nothing short of a God. His arrival from Barcelona has been a breath of fresh air, and as the rest of the pieces in Arsene Wenger’s puzzle finally start to fit, the Chilean could be once again one of the best players in the world in 2015.

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