Enzo Fernández, the figure of the tournament they follow in Europe and Argentina

Francescoli retired more than two decades ago and Perez He was on the bench for substitutes, saved for the Cup. Enzo Fernandez he must have been pinched more than once when he left the field in the match against Argentinos, but there was no doubt: the already legendary olé olé olé olé Enzo Enzo that spanned several generations of fans of River now it was for him and no one else.

The three Enzos, with the trophy of the last League. Photo: River press.

The emotion of the kid from San Martín went viral yesterday in the chicken collective of social networks. And it is that EF generate empathy in people: because of the fanaticism of the club that he never hid being, because of that special name that could be both a handicap and a backpack and above all because of football.

The game of the third most famous Enzo adjusts no less to the history and palate of CARP than to the canons of excellence of the current level of this sport at a global level. From that cocktail derived his first great ovation in the Monumental. Of its level and its projection, the appearance of his name in the main transfer portals of European football.

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Yes, Enzo I already spoiled it a while ago: the club’s technical secretary anticipated that Enzo III will be one of the most sought-after footballers in the next transfer markets. And just as at the beginning of the year it was leaked that José Ángel Sánchez, general director of the real Madrid Since 2006, he brought Florentino Pérez the EF scouting technical report for the Spanish giant’s search to strengthen that sector in the short term (the priorities are Aurélien Tchouaméni, 22, from Monaco and Franck Kessié, 25, playing in Milan), in the last few hours other clubs in Europe are beginning to take note of the present of the great figure of River and Argentine football so far in 2022.

EF's cry against Argentinos.  (AFP)

EF’s cry against Argentinos. (AFP)

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And it is that, with contract until December 2025, its termination clause of 20 million euros it could slowly stop sounding like armor plating… Although reports are coming from Manchester of a supposed follow-up of Guardiola and sports director Txiki Begiristain (they even mention the possibility of including Valentín Castellanos in a possible negotiation), from the City Football Group denied Ole that Fernández is for now on some interest list of the English club.

Even so, his surname has already rebounded strongly also in Seville and in Monchi’s orbit and in Italy there are not a few who link the future of the 21-year-old midfielder with the Inter: the Milanese team needs to reinforce its midfield before the imminent departure of Arturo Vidal. That, added to the fact that they are looking to negotiate an irregular Matías Vecino and that they cannot find a good alternative to Çalhanoğlu, will mean that Inter will have to go to the market to look for at least one midfielder with the characteristics of EF.

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The other one who closely observes Fernández, of course, is Lionel Scalloni: the coach of the National Team really likes the style of 13 (he already summoned him to the Major in November of last year for the double date of the Qualifiers against Uruguay and Brazil) and there are not a few around him who believe that if he continues on this upward performance curve he can end the year fighting hand in hand with other possible replacements from the middle zone such as Exequiel Palacios, Nico Domínguez, Emiliano Buendía and Alexis Mac Allister for one last ticket to qatar.

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For Enzo this is “a dream”. But for the world of football, the repercussion that his game is beginning to have is perfectly logical. Playmaker, off-roader, River’s football passes by his feet. Fernández’s heat maps cover almost the entire field: he touches, he goes to look for, he assists, he sacrifices himself in the recovery, he occupies the spaces well, he tries from outside, he arrives by surprise at the area in a forward position.

It is not only the field player who played the most in River so far this year with 788 minutes, he is also the second most shots on goal (19 shots) after Julián Álvarez and the footballer with the most passes completed in the entire Professional League Cup with 592 touches including the other 27 teams.

He already has three goals and three assists: no other Argentine soccer midfielder has so many G+As so far in the tournament. And that without counting that it is also, by far, the man with the most shots at the sticks: It already has six! It is hard to imagine, if things are like this, a scenario in which all those options would have ended in goals.