What can we expect from Nicolás Schiappaccasse?

AtléticoFans takes a look at Atleti's latest up and coming star from Uruguay

Schiappaccasse has been tipped for big things

Schiappaccasse has been tipped for big things

Amongst all the smoke about which 37 strikers we might sign and Griezmann joining 6 different teams in 3 different countries, one signing Atlético made last summer flew under the radar.

A young seventeen year old landed in Madrid-Barajas airport and signed his first European contract.

Said signing was Uruguayan Nicolás Schiappacasse – a name not particularly known in European football. To be honest, it is a name that most of us even don’t even know how to begin to pronounce.

Luckily, dear readers, I have done that research for you. (DISCLAIMER: This phonetic example is by no means professional, but it helped me remember so I thought I would share) S-chia-pa-kas-eh, say that three times fast.

From now on, for the sake of brevity, I will refer to Schiappacasse as “Nico” because lets be honest, I am not writing that name more times than I have to.

Before we get onto the main topic at hand, lets talk about a little Atlético history.

It is not a secret that Atlético has always been a buy and sell club. At some point our best players always leave. It is a way of life us fans have come accustomed to. Luckily, however, we always find a solution. We always fill the gap left void by a summer or winter departure.

When David De Gea signed for Manchester United we thought that we were doomed. Then out of know where we were loaned an up and coming goalie by the name of Thibaut Courtois. Who, by the way, nearly broke all Atlético goal-keeping records. When he wanted to go back to Chelsea, we signed not only one but two quality keepers in the likes of Miguel Ángel Moyà, the Majorcan (yes that is a word) shot stopper and Jan Oblak the Slovenian “Wonder kid”.

More popularly however, we are know for also replacing our strikers when they all decide to leave, and trust us, THEY. ALL. LEAVE. From: Torres, Diego Forlán, and Kun Agüero to Falcao, Adrián, López and Diego Costa, etc. We always, well almost always, by some act of Soccer magic find a way to fill the space.

Now we face not only one but two “Elephants” in the room. The first being the obvious, well what about Mario Mandžukić, Luciano Vietto, Jackson Martínez and Kévin Gameiro?

All have been given their fair share of constructive criticism and may not have given the same stats that we have come accustomed to over the years. But for Mario, it was down to “he did not fit Simeone’s system or style. (or so they say, but lets give the man a break, he scored 20 goals and had 5 assist in all compitions) For the latter, well, the season is barely half way over so we will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Vietto and Jackson were the first true testaments that, something was just not right. No matter what those two did they could not find the back of the net on any consistent basis.

I regress.

The second “Elephant” is that we are on a transfer ban. Not much more needed to be said about that.

So what is Atlético to do when we are so accustomed to fixing our on and off pitch problems buy buying someone/something new?

That question has left a lot of us very worried, that much is true. Nevertheless, unless the ban gets lifted, we only have one option; which is make due with what we have.

Amongst the negativity surrounding the ban we have to accept one fact. Futbolisticly speaking, this is the best Atlético team a lot of us have seen in a very long time. Some may even argue, the best team we have ever had.

This is where Nico comes into play. He is one amongst a plethora of young talents Atlético has in its grasp. Like most of the young players in the Atlético pool right now, Nico looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

But what makes Nico so different from the rest? Well for one he is very young (having just turned 18) but has already shown some life in high-level professional Soccer.

Back in his home country Nico had 2 seasons of first team soccer under his belt with his native team River Plate (not to be mistaken with Club Atlético River Plate, in Argentina).

In his two seasons he bagged 4 goals and 2 assist as a left winger. That doesn’t seem like much but lets remember he was not even 18 years old at this point and this is a league where scoring 30+ goals like we are accustomed to is not as normal.

Interestingly enough, since his arrival to Madrid he has been playing with the Atlético Madrid B team, which plays it’s soccer in Spain’s Tercera División (he also plays in the UEFA Youth League team).

Some may argue that this has been a step down in his career, time will tell. The truth of the matter though is that he is in Europe now and his doors are open.

His most notable moment so far in a red and white jersey was his goal against Bayern Munich’s Under 19 side. Which was not only enough to qualify Atlético’s Youth league to the next round but also eliminate the Germans youth squad on their home turf.

Nico has picked up form again and in the past couple of months, scoring three goals for his Uruguayan U20 side. His most recent came against Colombia in the aforementioned tournament.

Now I am not one that likes to say “so and so” reminds me of “so and so” player. However, to paint a picture here and from what little is available of his play style he seems, at least to me, a mixture of Roberto Firmino and Simão Sabrosa. That is to say, a dribble first player with a knack for scoring goals. Not a true, out and out Striker, but a goal scorer nonetheless.

Nico stands tall for a South American soccer player at nearly 6ft (1.80m). He favors his right foot but can shoot with both feet (oddly enough most of his goals on tape have come with his left). It is normal to see him start on a wing, but he finds himself trailing back to the midfield to conduct play as well.

He shows signs of good vision, especially in the opposing teams half. Which is interesting because, at least on paper his skill set and play style might fit that of a CAM role. A role that Atlético has been desperately looking to fill for a long time.

Schiappacasse will not become a star over night that much is true. But Atlético not only buys its players for the now, but also for the potential. Nico has the right attributes to become an interesting player for Atlético, and now with the transfer ban, it might be his chance to work his way up into the first team.

This is a task hat will by no means come easy, especially given his in house competition. Nonetheless any manager will tell you, positive competition amongst the players is always a coach’s dream.

In all probability, especially given his age and his want to play first team football, he will be loaned out to another club in Spain or Europe.

This option to be honest would be great for the youngster. This opportunity will not only get him on the pitch but get him accustomed to the highest level of European football.

Time will tell, as it always does, with what will happen with the young Uruguayan’s future. For now it looks, bright a diamond in the rough, a small opportunity for a young player to create a name for himself on this Atlético team.

Atléticos, what do you expect from Nicolás Schiappaccasse?

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    That’s what we needed. An American taking about “soccer”. There is a lot of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Makes sense because of the American.
    Let me save you all the time by saying that he will also be sold just like all the young stars in the team. Simeone is a destroyer of young talent. He should leave before destroying athletico.

  • Vagabond Messi

    We should’ve bought Or approached Jesus guy that is playing for man city. we wasted around 35m on Gameiro when he doesn’g suit our system. city bought Jesus for just under 28m.

  • *Atletico (:

  • Antonio Conte

    Carrasco can be the next Bale, and Correa the next Aguero.

  • NikkoLazy

    Do not come to this side talking about spelling errors, when you cant even spell our team name right!

    And seriusly, Simeone destroying the club? You absolute plastic fan, he won us the League, plenty of cups and 2 CL finals!

    The disappointment of specially Oliver leaving is huge, but lets be honest. Simeone results is worth young talents leaving! Especially when we are now able to attract bigger players like Gameiro (wich unfortunatly seems like a mistake).

    My point is, results are more important than talents, and we had for a long time before Simeone just… Basically nothing except produce big players for the other clubs to buy!

    Ole ole ole, Cholo Simeone!

  • Antonio Conte

    It was all Simeone’s fault for this bad season though. If I managed this club, we would have been first in the league right now.

  • NikkoLazy

    You so funny you should be a comedian.

    La Liga > Premier League

  • Antonio Conte


  • nandes

    Everyone should just block this person. He’s a troll who’s trying to impersonate Ahmad

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Congratulations Billy, you finally have succeeded to get rid of me.
    I’m leaving this website, for good.
    You won’t do anything about that sick troll who keeps impersonating me, many stupid readers keep enabling him by responding to him and trying to have intellectual discussions with him, and I don’t have the time or the energy for this shit.

    And don’t get me wrong, I didn’t give up, I didn’t get bullied, I never get bullied, this cunt has been doing the same thing on other websites now, and I will keep fighting him there, I will find out who he is, I’m gonna get him, I know how to do that, but until then, I think it’s not worth it to keep fighting him here, because while some people have been saying that this website has been growing, I think it’s getting smaller, this is not the Atleticofans.com I know.

    I wish you do something about those trolls after this, and I promise you, I will not comeback after you do it, I wouldn’t know, because I will not just stop commenting, but I will stop visiting this website at all, with all due respect to the great commenters here who I have been enjoying their comments and learning a lot of them.

    My dear friends, no, my brothers who I was honored to know on this website over the years -and I will not name you so I wouldn’t forget anyone, but you know who you are- thank you very much for everything, I’m really gonna miss you, I wish you all the best, and please forgive me for this and for any bad thing I said to any of you.


    Aupa Atleti.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Thank Jesus, Allah, Buddha and science! About time. Should be followed by the rest of the negative shits on here.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Also I appologise for being a drama queer!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    *queen.. although queer works too.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Shut you cunt! You’re a sick little greasy Mexican! Choke on your chapati!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Did you google that? Merica!

  • elkilo

    Wow that’s a sad thing to watch.

    Ahmad, I always enjoy your comments and your contribute to this site and now it’s just sad to see what happened to the comment section and with all these fake accounts. I don’t know what happened and I can’t figure out from where these people came from.

    I hope there will be a solution for this and I hope you keep commenting on this site Ahmad. These fake profiles should be banned immediately and also the fake should be deleted to secure your image.

    BTW, really nice written and interessting article. I like to see how the site continues to grow and I think the comment section is a huge part of growing and that’s why I think your contribution is a huge part Ahmad.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I can’t tell you what to do my friend but I wouldn’t want you to stop coming to the site or to stop commenting. Through the years I found it interesting and insightful with our different views and they always helped me learn and put a few things into perspective, I really hope you reconsider bro.

    As for the fool who keeps impersonating you, I don’t see his comments because I have his account blocked. It pisses me off when I see so many fake accounts of people in the comment section with absolutely no valid input to the discussions others have here. I too hope that something is done somehow.

    As for the article, its a cool piece and I appreciate all writers for taking their time to write on anything club related (even if I complain about ratings). In this case I would like to say it’s football and not soccer :).

  • Military Cou

    Again with the whining! What is it with you guys and the revolting?!
    You’re gonna find him? Okay mr Liam neeson chill with that brotherhood talk.
    Don’t ever come back here you sad little man.

  • Karlp

    bye, always enjoy your comment around here

  • Karlp

    as much as i dont like trolls, fake account, and this kind of type, I have to appreciate someone that spent a lot lot of his time on a team that he/she doesn’t like, while impersonating someone he/she probably doesn’t even like also. This shows atleti keeps growing. So, cheers to you.

  • titihenry12

    Dear Ahmad,
    i am one of the “silent” Readers of your really interesteing and geat comment which always give me a different view of things. Just to let you know, i am reading every comment since 3 years on this site but only made 1 comment yet. I am pretty sure there are a lot of guys like me out there which really enjoy your knowledge based and Elaborate comments. PLEASE Keep on doing things, you are a brilliant guy and a passionate Fan. All the best and many thanks from Austria, Peter :)!

  • Ahmad Musa

    Name sake Please don’t lose your battle don’t let go of your haters. I enjoy reading your comments and your analysis i always wish i can do the same but no way i can’t speak nor write English perfectly. My dream is to start writing articles with the site unfortunately i can’t because am still undergraduate with lots of commitment. You simply among the best commentators along with Koke and some few others out there. Never say never, haters makes us stronger. Sorry with the grammar am still learning English. I hope you Won’t Leave us, always remember we are one big family. Aupa ATLETI.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Don’t let the troll win. But if you are going to leave go here and post all you want. https://www.facebook.com/groups/772299152792579/

  • Antonio Conte

    Carrasco has 14 goals (3 for Belgium) and 3 assists so far this season. He could score more in 3-4-3.

  • snᴉsɐlB

    this is a very sad thing to see. i already asked a question about these idiot trolls in the Questions, bugs, suggestions forum. no response. i kept reporting the troll comments and still no consequences.
    the way i see nobody cares about this anymore. i totally understand you, although i wouldn’t like to see you gone. but in the end of the day, it’s your decision.

    so long my man.


    “I think it’s getting smaller, this is not the Atleticofans.com I know”

    sadly, this is very true.