Scouting Report: Newell's Old Boys Forward Ignacio Scocco
Contract Situation: Ole reports that Newell's are in the process of securing ownership of the player from Al Ain. They intend to buy out his contract for €1.8 million with the hope of selling him for a considerably higher price.
Career Stops: Newell's Old Boys (2003-06), UNAM Pumas (2006-08), AEK Athens (2008-11), Al Ain (2011-12), Newell's Old Boys (loan 2011-present).
Current Campaign Stats
Argentine Primera (Inicial and Final combined): 30 games, 23 goals
Copa Libertadores: 10 games, 5 goals
Argentina: 1 (friendly) game, 2 goals
A tremendous dribbler with an eye for goal, Scocco is currently at the peak of his powers. He has wowed fans of Newell's Old boys since returning from a six years stint in foreign lands with some stunning strikes that led him to the top of the goalscorer's charts in Argentina.
Such is his run of form that he has sometimes drawn comparisons to a certain Lionel Messi for the way in which he cuts in from the right and weaves past panicked defenders to create scoring chances.
Capable of poaching goals or cracking them in with tremendous power from distance, the threat he offers as an attacking player is multi-faceted and very difficult to defend against. The man they call "Nacho" is such a complete forward at present that it is hard to see him not contributing something to a European club.
Where to Next?
As reported by Sky Sports, Sunderland recently tried to tempt Scocco to the Premier League, but the player's agent made it clear it would take an offer from a club competing in the Champions League to really pique his interest.
Scocco will most likely see out 2013 with Newell's, who are mounting a Copa Libertadores challenge, before looking at offers from abroad, however there is always the chance a healthy bid could see him moving this June.
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