In every sense of the phrase, Lemos is a mini-David Luiz. His hair, his ball-carrying ability, his proactive defending style, his proclivity for unforced errors, Even with the likes of Erick Cabaco and José Giménez emerging onto the scene, he appears to be Uruguay’s brightest prospect among their Caudillo-like central defenders. He rejected Barcelona’s advances last summer due to wanting consistent game time, so there’s no question about his mentality being focused on personal improvement rather than money and trophies. He’s fast, aggressive, and his anticipation and general understanding of the game stands out. Simply put, he is one of the most complete center backs in his age group across Europe, and he could very well reach the afro-haired Brazilian’s heights soon.
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