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Total Football Scout - Lucas Ocampos

Next in line is another from River Plate's famed academy. Ocampos is lighting up Argentina and could follow in the footsteps of former team-mate, Erik Lamela, in moving to Europe and testing his skills on the big stage.

NAME: LUCAS OCAMPOS

POSITION: LEFT WINGER

AGE: 17

CLUB: RIVER PLATE

SQUAD NUMBER: 11

NATIONALITY: ARGENTINA

HEIGHT: 6’ 1”

WEIGHT: 82 KG

MARKET VALUE: £3,500,000

HE’S A BIT LIKE: CRISTIANO RONALDO

River Plate may be suffering the ignominy of Argentina’s second division for the first time in 102 years but the clubs youth system continues to uncover hidden gems. With Erik Lamela leaving for Rome and Manuel Lanzini being loaned to Fluminese, Lucas Ocampos is the next wonderkid to make headlines in the first team.

The 17 year old has been linked for a number of top clubs including Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Milan, Inter and Manchester United all hoping to lure the youngster away. After a blazing start to his River career, Ocampos revealed his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo and pundits have linked the Argentine’s style of play to CR7.

Ocampos has brilliant pace and blistering speed which aids his ability to beat a man and cut in from the left wing. His shot is powerful and accurate from either foot and often shoots from distance.

His first team debut was against Chacarita Juniors on 16th August 2011. He showed great maturity and character in his game and scored his first goal in his next game for River. Since he has scored three goals against Desampardos, Atlanta and Brown de Puerto Madryn, his fifth being a stunning top corner drive.

He has firmly established himself as one of River Plate’s best players this season and after a few more years developing in Argentina could become one of the world’s best.

By Marcus Banks

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