The other prodigious Albiceleste who could be a potential star is Erik Lamela who was coveted by Barcelona when he was only 12. This is his first full season as a River Plate first teamer, starting 12 matches and scoring three goals in the Apertura 2010. Lamela's first goal against Colon capped a fine move by River.
Iturbe is the son of Paraguayan immigrants and though born in Buenos Aires, grew up in Asunción from an early age and has hitherto only played professional football for Paraguay's Cerro Porteno. He's currently training with Quilmes and his registration is expected to go through to allow him to play for them during the Clausura, but until then we've only seen snatches of him here so far - albeit what he's done in the Sudamericano Sub 20 to date is as impressive as any of Argentina's hitherto uninspiring campaign.
From what I've seen of him, Iturbe is a little more direct than Lamela.
Lamela sees himself (and played through all the youth divisions) as a proper Argentine number 10, playing as a central creative fulcrum. However since coming into the River side during the 2010 Torneo Apertura, he's practically always played down the left of midfield. During the summer friendlies he's being experimented with in the middle, especially as Ariel Ortega has been moved on and Diego Buonanotte's deal to go to Málaga in six months' time is sealed. As such we'll find out what he's like in his preferred position once the Torneo Clausura starts in mid-February.
Sam (HEGS): As noted above, having not seen much of either player in their preferred position, it's very hard to say. I'm going to ignore the clubs the players may or may not have been linked with, and stick merely to playing styles. In Paraguay, the press see Iturbe as a very quick player who can play right across the attacking line, and as such, I could see him coming in initially as a backup at Manchester United or Spurs. If he wanted the chance to force himself into first team contention a little earlier, then Bolton or Blackpool are both playing the kind of football this season that he could fit into whilst perhaps adding something to the mix.
His style is a little more elaborate than I'd normally expect from a central creator for Manchester United (and I say this as a Manchester United supporter). But if he moved to Old Trafford, I could see Sir Alex either moving him to the wing permanently - where I'm not entirely sure he's got the pace to regularly star in England - or push him further up the pitch, closer to the forwards, where if his development continues as it has so far he could be very dangerous.
Lamela reminds me a little of a young ; he's not the quickest over long distances, but his range of passing is wide and he likes entertaining the crowd by occasionally embarrassing his marker. I'd like to liken him to as well, but he's not big-headed enough for that, I don't think.
Iturbe, in particular, looks primed for a move, rumoured to be signing for Porto as a stepping stone to United. His performances in the Sub 20 has been fantastic. Iturbe even upstaged Brazil's best young player, Neymar in the 2-1.
"Iturbe is a game-breaking player, very explosive," said Argentina under-20 coach Walter Perazzo. He inspired Argentina past Chile and scored Argentina's winning goal against Brazil.