Fantasy football: What will Lucas Torreira bring to the Premier League next season?
Lucas Torreira has become the latest signing for Arsenal under Unai Emery and the move has whetted the appetites of Gunners and fantasy football fans alike.
The Uruguayan midfielder has joined the north London side from Sampdoria in Serie A, in a deal believed to be worth around £26million.
Having starred for a tenacious Uruguayan side at the World Cup in Russia, Torreira looks to be the profile of player Arsenal have been lacking for years.
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Coming with a reputation as a no-nonsense defensive midfielder, Arsenal might finally have the man to add much needed bite to their midfield.
As the Gunners already boast a wealth of attacking talent, Torreira could provide some much-needed balance to Emery’s starting eleven.
The 22-year-old joined Serie A side Sampdoria in 2015 from Pescara in Serie B.
Torreira has eight caps for Uruguay to his name and became one of his country’s star men at the World Cup this summer.
After being limited to cameo appearances from the bench in Uruguay’s first two group games, Torreira became a midfield stalwart.
His crowning glory came against Portugal in the round of 16, when the pitbull midfielder marked Cristiano Ronaldo out of the game, earning widespread praise for his role in Uruguay’s 2-1 win.
With comparisons being made with Chelsea’s defensive lynch-pin N’Golo Kante, Torreira is guaranteed to pick up points for Dream Team fans.
Last season Torreira, according to Dream Team’s ratings provider WhoScored, was the 29th best performer in Serie A at 7.17.
Compared to Arsenal’s midfielders last season, the Uruguayan matches up well.
Only Aaron Ramsey (7.27) and Mesut Ozil (7.25) were ahead of him in Arsenal’s midfield rankings.
Despite his blossoming reputation as one of the best combative midfielders around, Torreira is much more than a one-trick pony.
In the three matches he started at the World Cup, the midfielder was Uruguay’s main set-piece taker, delivering well from both free-kicks and corners.
Torreira has also shown that he has an eye for goal too.
The diminutive midfielder netted four times for Sampdoria in Serie A last season and also picked up one assist.
So, what will he cost on Dream Team?
He’s yet to be priced up on Dream Team, however we’d estimate Arsenal’s new man to be valued at around the £3m mark, judging on the prices of Nemanja Matic and Fernandinho last season.