Phil Neville has hailed Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira as an ‘absolute bargain’ following his impressive start to life in North London.
Neville, the head coach of the England Women’s national team, discussed Arsenal’s opening to the 2018/19 Premier League campaign and reserved particular praise for Torreira.
The Uruguayan international completed a summer switch to Arsenal after impressing in Serie A with Sampdoria over the past two seasons.
Torreira’s integration into Arsenal’s starting line-up was gradual, with Unai Emery initially favouring a double pivot consisting of Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi.
However, Torreira has played an involved role in recent times and has shone, catching the eye as Arsenal continue to enjoy an extended winning streak.
Speaking to the Premier League, former Manchester United man Neville waxed lyrical about the quality of Arsenal’s summer recruit.
I think Torreira for this Arsenal side allows [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, [Mesut] Ozil to play. It allows these players to do what they do best. In the past under Arsene Wenger, they never had that type of player who complemented the unbelievable talent they have in that team.
People talk about Aubameyang, Lacazette, [Danny] Welbeck, [Alex] Iwobi, you talk about the forward players, but actually, it only takes one player to knit a team together.
They have an absolute bargain. Torreira is following the orders of his manager and, dovetailing to that, Xhaka has improved because of it.
Torreira will be hoping to shine once again on Monday evening, as Arsenal look to defeat Leicester City and extended their winning run to 10 games in all competitions.