AGONA Scouting Report: Who is new AEK forward Lucas Boye
AEK Athens were busy on the transfer market this week, initially signing Lucas Boye on loan from Torino on Wednesday. In connection with the move, AGONAsport takes a closer look at his career to date.
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EARLY STEPS IN ARGENTINA
Born in San Gregorio, a small town in the Santa Fe region, Lucas Boye started playing football on the streets as a five-year old, eventually joining River Plate at the age of 14.
As a youth player, Boye’s biggest achievement came in 2013, when he helped River Plate win the U17 Club World Cup with a 1:0 triumph over Atletico Madrid in the final. Just one year later, the forward received his maiden call-up to River’s first team by Ramon Diaz, competing in a 1:3 friendly loss to San Lorenzo on January 29, 2014.
TROPHIES AT RIVER, LOAN TO NEWELL’S OLD BOYS
Not long after making his competitive debut with River Plate in the summer of 2014, Boye netted his first professional goal on August 31, hitting the target in a 3:1 victory over San Lorenzo in the Primera Division. Amazingly, the budding attacker managed to win three tournaments in one year at River, earning a winner’s medal from the Copa Sudamericana, Recopa Sudamericana and the Copa Libertadores albeit not playing a major role in the triumphs.
In September 2015, River Plate decided to offload Boye on loan to Newell’s Old Boys, where he would catch the eye. Despite only scoring two league goals in 23 appearances, Serie A outfit Torino noticed real potential in Boye, paying River Plate 1.75 million euros in order to take him to Italy.
PROMISING START WITH TORINO
Instead of sending him out on loan to gain experience of playing in Europe, Torino opted to keep Boye in their squad for the 2016/2017 campaign, regularly giving him chances in Serie A. Boye’s first goal in the Italian top flight arrived on May 28, 2017, as he cut inside and fired a wonderful individual effort into the net in a 5:3 win against Sassuolo:
Torino head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic helped the Argentinian settle in Italy, often taking him aside at training sessions to share shooting techniques. Mihajlovic was a big fan of his talents and liked the way Boye unlocked defences on the left wing with his excellent technical skills.
BARREN RUN IN 2017/2018 SEASON
Unfortunately, Boye only participated in 11 Serie A matches in the first half of the 2017/2018 season, often struggling with injuries. As a result, he was shifted out as a loanee to Celta Vigo in January, but he failed to build up any traction in Spain.
All that Boye needed was a goal, but it never came. Rapidly losing confidence, the attacker didn’t score in 13 La Liga games at Celta, not even contributing with any assists. Celta Vigo did have the option to purchase Boye, however they predictably turned down the opportunity. Boye will certainly be hoping that he hits the ground running in Athens.
Although listed as a centre-forward, the gifted 22-year old is at his best on the left wing, boasting the ability to outwit his opponents with silky skills. Known as “El Tanque” (the tank) in his native Argentina, Boye is a brilliant player to watch with the ball, gliding past the defence when on top form. At AEK, he is expected to continue playing on the left flank.
Will Boye be a hit with the reigning Greek champions? He has enough up his sleeve to add a new dimension to AEK’s game, offering Marinos Ouzounidis width with a real goal threat. It will be interesting to see how he combines with fellow Argentine Ezequiel Ponce in Athens.