The January Window. 31 Days of to-ing and fro-ing in the football world. 31 days which can make or break a club’s season, and 31 days which have us all glued to our phones, waiting to see whether our own clubs will welcome any new faces. It all culminates in the inevitable question being asked of SI: “Where’s the Winter Update?”
Well, 19.3 is finally upon us, bringing some bug fixes (I think?) and the Winter Transfer Update with it. After a hectic January, we’ve picked out 10 players to keep an eye on after the Update, as they try to settle with their new clubs.
Gonzalo Higuain – Chelsea
31-year old Higuain moved to Chelsea on loan from Juventus, with the London club having the option to buy the Argentine striker for £31.3m. Higuain had been on loan at Milan, but this was terminated to facilitate his move to Chelsea, and Blues boss Sarri will be hoping that his new striker is more prolific than the outgoing Alvaro Morata, who has returned to Spain.
Higuain will link up with Sarri – who was his head coach at Napoli – and will be hoping he can re-find his previously prolific form, having scored just 8 goals for Milan prior to his move. As you can see, Higuain has all the necessary attributes to be the focal point of the Chelsea attack, especially his tendency to hang on the shoulder of the last defender, and his still-reasonable pace.
Miguel Almiron – Newcastle
Following a breakout season with MLS Cup winners Atlanta United, Almiron has switched the US for the UK, and arrived at Newcastle ready to take his chance with both hands, impressing on his debut against Huddersfield, and earning a standing ovation from the crowd. Almiron is a player with immense quality and the ability to change a game, as evidenced by his last MLS Season, in which he scored 13 goals in 37 appearances for Atlanta.
I play with Attribute masking on so can only see a snippet of many of these players, but what I can see of Almiron’s attributes certainly makes him seem like an attractive proposition in midfield. Newcastle’s new record signing ticks a lot of boxes; composed on the ball, highly technical and quick! He may have just moved to Newcastle, but Almiron’s ceiling may prove to be a lot higher after this update.
Krzysztof Piatek – AC Milan
Polish striker Piatek was making waves even before his move to Milan from Genoa, scoring 13 in 19 matches before his switch to AC. Pairing up with fellow new boy Lucas Paqueta, Piatek has a massive future ahead of him, and has already proven he can do it in Serie A; can he carry on that sensational Genoa form with Milan? Early signs are good, and Piatek currently has 5 goals in 6 games for Milan since his switch!
Piatek’s finishing attribute of 17 is certainly a nod to his prolific scoring record, and alongside his movement and anticipation, he is almost the dream poacher in my eyes! A player who looks set for the top, the combination of Piatek and Paqueta (below) at Milan certainly looks to have a bright future.
Lucas Paqueta – AC Milan
Alongside Piatek, Paqueta is another Wonderkid who’s landed his move to the big time, moving to Milan from Brazilian side Flamengo. Already a full international with 2 caps for Brazil, and having scored 11 in 49 games for Flamengo, Paqueta is an exciting, scintillating talent, and alongside Piatek has made a quick impact at Milan, making headlines with a rainbow flick over a defender in a 2-0 defeat of Genoa, before scoring his first goal for the club against Calgiari.
Paqueta’s post-update attributes look very very good, even behind the attribute mask; his dribbling, technique and pace make him look like a lethal option in midfield, especially if you use him in a role that sees him drive forward from midfield and join the attack.
Timothy Weah – Celtic
Born in 2000, son of footballing legend George Weah, PSG starlet Timothy Weah moved on loan to Celtic from PSG, and quickly endeared himself to the Celtic faithful with 2 goals in 7 games already! On the update, Weah has bags of potential, and with the opportunity of ample game time in Scotland, he’s well-placed to continue his development!
A bit more of a rough diamond than many on this list, Weah still certainly looks like he’s got a lot of potential; what we can see of him so far suggests that he could prove deadly cutting in from the left wing; his pace, finishing and acceleration definitely look like he has the toolkit to make an impact as an inside forward, but will he live up to his surname?
Hopefully this list has highlighted a couple of players that draw you into a save; Personally I find the link between Piatek and Paqueta to be one of the most interesting changes in the database update – between them Milan have managed to pick up two of the most exciting talents in World Football.
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