Aguero, Higuain, Icardi, Pavon! Who deserves the number one spot at Russia and why?
It’s only 4 months to the World Cup in Russia. Teams have seriously stepped up their preparations and squads are more or less finalised. One team we are going to talk about today has a plethora of attacking options, full of world-class players. But some will make the cut while some will bite the dust even after 4 years of extreme hard work. So let’s talk about Argentina and their attacking options Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Mauro Icardi etc.
Who will make it to Russia and who will not? Let’s find out
First of all, let’s have a look at their attack which we will be focusing on. Leo Messi and Angel Di Maria will definitely travel as Right and Left-wingers respectively. The only area of concern is the attack. By concern, we mean that it is a department full of World Class poachers in Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Mauro Icardi, Christian Pavon, Lautaro Martinez. While the first three are established starters for their respective clubs, Pavon and Martinez are players in transition. They have demanding qualities that can impress any coach. Though not big club players, they definitely have talent.
Let us compare the players one by one.
International form: Good.
Prime qualities: He is probably the best striker when it comes to passing in the final third. He possesses a sharp eye for goal and has quick feet as well. Gifted with superb finishing and a variety of skill sets, Aguero is also the favourite of current Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli. He is well set to make the cut until any serious injury occurs. He also gets along well with talisman Leo Messi.
International form: Good
Prime qualities: He lacks the pace and aerial abilities, but is a deadly finisher. He is one of the best finishers in the club level, but when it comes to International matches, he is no less than Nicklas Bendtner. Higuain is strong and has good positioning. Waits for the pass at the right position at the right time. If paired with Paulo Dybala, he can make up a lethal partnership.
International form: Very good
Prime qualities: He is a striker who leads a line from the front. Icardi is a good finisher and can deliver astonishing volleys and is sharp in the air too. He can handle pressure very much and is effective in one-on-ones. His quick movement and runs off the ball can dismantle any defence. Though he doesn’t get the support of Sampaoli he is a strong contender for the striker role.
International form: Average
Prime qualities: He is 22 and is still developing at Boca Juniors. He may not fill in as a primary striker but can travel with the team to provide pace and energy in the later stages of the game. But Pavon is yet to score an Argentina goal, so there are no guarantees of a positive performance. May the World Cup be his breakthrough moment.
International form: Unknown
Prime qualities: This young player is wrecking havoc with Racing Santander and has skills similar to Leo Messi and Juventus starlet Rodrigo Bentancur. He has played only once for Argentina and seems unlikely to make it to the grandest stage. However, a strong late surge might make a difference.
After all key analysis and statistical study, we at What’s The Hype feel that Sergio Aguero will be the undisputed number 1 in the striker’s role. The backup role seems to be a great dilemma for Sampaoli. Higuain’s goals have dried up in recent matches and Icardi is on a roll for Inter. But in the International scenario, the case is completely different. It remains to be seen who gets selected. But we feel that Higuain has done just enough to garner a role. His experience and quick thinking may do the job at the biggest stage.