Gino Peruzzi (photo courtesy of velezsarsfield.com.ar)
Gino Peruzzi is considered one of the brightest prospects in domestic Argentine football at the moment, but his display against Ecuador shows he still has a way to go before he can be considered the next Javier Zanetti.
The 20-year-old right-back is probably best known for the superb job he did of shackling Neymar when his Velez Sarsfield side met Santos over two legs in the Copa Libertadores last year. Even putting that performance aside, he has continued to impress as both a solid defender and an attacking threat going forward down the right.
Inter Milan have long been linked with the elegant full-back, who view him as a potential Zanetti replacement according to Adriano Boin at Forza Italia, while Rob Bagchi of The Guardian reports that Manchester City are also interested in snaring the player.
Against the elusive Jefferson Montero, however, Peruzzi often appeared flummoxed and out of his depth.
To be fair on the young Argentine, many a veteran defender would have had trouble against a winger in such blistering form as Montero was against Sabella's men on Tuesday night, but this match should serve as a reminder to potential suitors that Peruzzi is not yet the finished product.
Perhaps, he just needs to garner a little experience in a league played at a faster pace than Argentina's Primera.
Regardless of this lackluster showing, he is unquestionably a top-class talent.