In what was perhaps one of the most bizarre transfer moves in recent times, Argentinian striker Lucas Pratto has joined Eredivisie side Feyenoord on loan for the remainder of the season. A veteran striker of South American football, this is a move that is quite interesting, to say the least.
Once South American players reach a certain age, they tend to go back to their countries and play in less demanding leagues while still maintaining a certain level of quality. But there are a couple of cases where their careers tend to take weird turns. And that is exactly the case of Lucas Pratto.
The Argentinian Pratto has played for most of his career in South America and most of his best performances were in Brazil until he found a degree of stability in River Plate, where he won the legendary Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors at the Santiago Bernabeu. And now Lucas Pratto has the chance to play his trade at the Eredivisie, of all places.
Pratto is joining Feyenoord, one of the biggest clubs in the Netherlands and an absolute historic club in European football, who are currently sitting 3rd in the Eredivisie at five points from leaders and historical rivals, Ajax. So Pratto is going to need to adapt soon as his team is going to need him.
For those readers that perhaps are not familiar with him, Lucas Pratto is an attacker that can perform in several positions in the attacking front and he has a very interesting combination of skills, workrate and a knack for scoring important goals, like he has always done with River Plate throughout the years.
Is it a weird signing, considering that Pratto is already 32 years old? Absolutely. But at the end of the day, the results are what matters and the Argentinian can not only offer quality and talent, but also a lot of experience to a young team.