IMScouting continues to track the latest developments in world football in order to bring attention to the best football performances of the past week that you might have missed. This week the best performances occurred on the weekend, starting on Saturday and exploding on Sunday.
Saturday (7.3): From Genk, the 23-year-old talent Tom De Mul had a hand in every goal for the hosts in a thrilling match, scoring a brace and providing two assists in the narrow 4-3 victory against Dender.
In England, Carlos Tevez stole the plaudits after his double against Fulham reminded us all why he still is one of the best strikers in the Premier League and gave further evidence as to why the Red Devils should forked out the reported 30 million pounds for his services.
Heading over to Eastern Europe and Serbia, up-and-coming striker Cleo impressed. The young Brazilian who is on loan to Red Star Belgrade from second league Portuguese team Olivais Moscavide scored a brace and provided an assist to lift him into the Serbian top 10 goal-scorers list after just 9 games for his team.
Not always, however, are stellar performances always rewarded win a win for the team, and this was the case for Patiyo Tambwe, a 25-year-old Congolese international striker, who plays for Turkish side Hacettepe. Currently in last place in the Super Lig, life is far from easy at Hacettepe but one bright spark in the team’s 3-2 defeat to local powerhouse Besiktas was Tambwe’s shift at the weekend.
Sunday (8.3): Proving age is no barrier to success is Marco Di Vaio. The 32-year-old striker is now the top goal scorer in Serie A with 19 goals after claiming a hat-trick for Bologna in their 3-nil victory over Sampadoria. Bologna may only be holding 16th place in Serie A, but Di Vaio is having his best season yet and could yet force his way back into the Italian national team.
Independiente’s Daniel Montenegro put on a show for the Argentinean outfit against Boca Juniors with a winning brace. Montenegro is an experienced player who previously spent time playing in France, Spain, Russia and for the international team. At 29, Montenegro can still be a leading man for any team as can be seen in the highlights below.
Goalkeepers rarely make this list, but Stijn Stijnen for his inclusion by proving himself the man of match for Club Brugge in the derby win against Cercle Brugge.
Little-known Czech national Ajdin Mahmutovic is beginning to make a name for himself at FK Teplice. Mahmutovic scored a brace for his team at the weekend, Teplice having won three successive games in which Mahmutovic has claiming three goals and one assist.
From the Swiss league we bring you 3 young players. Adrian Nikci, a 19-year-old promising midfielder playing for Zurich, scored a double in his side’s win on Sunday. While Aide Brown and Seydou Doumbia again put their names up in lights as the pair both put on a great show, each scoring a brace and claiming an assist in their sides’ victories.
And last but not least is Oleksandr Aliev, arguably one of the best young Ukrainian players and certainly one of the best free-kick takers around. Aliev added a further feather to his bow scoring a couple of goals and one assist for the league leaders Dynamo Kyiv.
All the goals and assists mentioned above can be seen on this video.