Ex-Reading FC loanee wins Argentina international call-up
Former Reading FC loanee Lucas Boye has won his first international call to represent Argentina.
The former Reading striker will join some of the biggest names in world football during the latest international break, including Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez after starring for Elche this season.
Since leaving the Royals after his one-year spell in 2019/20, the striker has made giant strides in making an impact in Spain.
Boye moved to Berkshire on a season-long loan in the 2019/20 campaign but found first-team opportunities in the Championship hard to come by.
He made 19 league appearances but was unable to score it with a goal.
He did, however, score in both cup competitions that season.
He scored against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the EFL Cup and also against Blackpool in the F Cup third round replay.
Although he showed flashes of his talent, the Argentine striker failed to find consistency and returned to parent club Torino at the end of the season after a relatively lackluster loan spell.
However, since his move from Turin to Spanish club Elche in 2020, Boye has proven to be one of La Liga’s top talents.
He signed for the newly-promoted side on loan for the 2020/21 season.
After scoring seven times during his loan spell, Elche opted to exercise his option to buy at the start of this season.
He enjoyed another impressive campaign in the Spanish top flight and has seven and three assists to his name in 21 games.
Boye put his name on the radar with a stellar performance at the Bernabeu against Spanish giants Real Madrid where he scored and assisted in a 2-2 draw in January.
His inspiring performances in Spain have not only seen him recognized by his national side, but have also seen him linked with moves to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in recent months.