Lucas Torreira arrived at billed as the solution to their lack of bight in midfield but it appears the Uruguay international boasts another major weapon in his armoury, judging by Friday’s training session.
The former Sampdoria star showcased his aggression and fighting qualities during his nation’s run to the quarter finals, particularly during the last 16 match against Portugal, winning the affection of his soon-to-be new fans by dumping to the turf in a 50/50 challenge.
Torreira has had to bide his time to make an impression in north London with Unai Emery opting to ease his headline £26million summer signing into his side.
The 22-year-old started on the bench in the opening weekend defeat to Manchester City and was introduced as a half time substitute last weekend at Stamford Bridge, replacing the hapless Granit Xhaka.
Unai Emery on Lucas Torreira‘s best position
Torreira today is a six, eight. Normally every player has two positions – Torreira is six, eight. Maybe also Elneny is six and eight. Xhaka maybe also six, eight. Matteo [Guendouzi] maybe six, eight or eight, six. Maybe another player, a more attacking player like Aaron Ramsey, he is more of an eight, 10 – but this possibility to play with two or three midfielders, it depends on each match whether to change or not and the demand in each match. Whether we can do one midfielder more either more attacking or more defensive, it depends.
Torreira is in line to make his first start this afternoon against West Ham and impressed on Friday in front of the watchful Emery, but not with a biting tackle or clever pass.
Instead, he caught the eye with two sumptuous free kicks which left fellow summer recruit Bernd Leno grasping an thin air.
, Torreira could find himself quickly promoted to set-piece duties!