The worldwide break is now formally over for Mexico. Following two consecutive 2-Zero losses to Argentina in the final 5 days, El Tri has emerged from the November friendlies with plenty of classes realized. With a deal with these two current matches, right here is the most recent nationwide group hot-list.
Guillermo Ochoa, GK, Normal Liege
Why he is right here: In the course of the first 2-Zero loss to Argentina on Nov. 16, Ochoa emerged as Mexico’s greatest participant on the pitch. Thanks to his spectacular stops, the goalkeeper saved his group from a doubtlessly disastrous result in South America.
What this implies: This should not come as a lot of a shock, however the veteran has once more solidified his standing as Mexico’s No. 1 goalkeeping choice. Whether or not it’s for membership or nation, Ochoa has continued to be excellent in aim.
Raul Jimenez, FW, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Why he is right here: Jimenez did not rating final week, however that does not imply that he had a nasty worldwide break. Within the first Argentina pleasant, the Premier League participant hit the crossbar moments after kickoff and practically collected an help late into the sport. His vitality and dedication had been a welcome sight for followers who’re keen to see extra strikers stepping up.
What this implies: Javier Hernandez’s as soon as undisputed place as Mexico’s beginning striker continues to be in query. With Jimenez step by step discovering extra momentum, the 27-year-old would possibly soon surpass “Chicharito” on the depth chart.
Edson Alvarez, DF, Membership America
Why he is right here: If Ochoa was the one who saved Mexico from catastrophe in the primary sport, then Alvarez was the one who adopted by with identical tasks in the second. Throughout Tuesday’s 2-Zero defeat, Alvarez offered a number of important tackles and clearances in the backline.
What this implies: At simply 21 years of age, the Membership America participant has a shiny future forward of him. As soon as Alvarez improves his positioning and consistency, he’ll instantly turn into certainly one of Mexico’s greatest defenders.
Henry Martin, FW, Membership America
Why he is right here: Comparable to Jimenez final week, Martin was a breath of attacking recent air in the second pleasant, regardless of his lack of objectives. The striker was the one participant on Tuesday who actually made issues troublesome for Argentina’s backline all through the match. A foul on the participant in the world, which was neglected by the referee, ought to have resulted in a penalty.
What this implies: Realistically talking, Martin is way from changing into a beginning striker or perhaps a second-string choice for Mexico. Nonetheless, the previous Membership Tijuana participant is worthy of extra call-ups in the long run if he can maintain the identical form of spirit and tenacity that was not too long ago on show.
Luis Rodriguez, DF, Tigres
Why he is right here: Throughout each matches in opposition to Argentina, “Chaka” sadly turned a legal responsibility as a high-pressing full-back for Mexico. As a defensive weak-link and questionable attacker, Rodriguez failed to make a lot of a constructive affect in both of his two appearances.
What this implies: This ought to be excellent news for fringe and/or younger choices at right-back and proper wing-back. With older gamers like Rodriguez and Paul Aguilar displaying deficiencies — and a possible starter like Miguel Layun being given possibilities in different positions — the door is now open for alternate options.
Marco Fabian, MF, Eintracht Frankfurt
Why he is right here: A scarcity of taking part in time in Europe has clearly damage Fabian’s rhythm. Within the first pleasant, the midfielder’s uncommon moments of brilliance had been misplaced in a efficiency tormented by dangerous passes and poor decision-making.
What this implies: If Mexico is wanting in the direction of the following era of budding expertise, Fabian would sadly be close to the highest of the listing of gamers who ought to step by step be phased out. Barring some kind of sudden turnaround overseas, it is going to rapidly turn into troublesome for the 29-year-old to keep his relevance for the nationwide group.
Isaac Brizuela, MF, Chivas
Why he is right here: In the course of the second pleasant, Brizuela struggled with clashes in opposition to Argentina’s backline. La Albiceleste simply shut down the correct winger, who could not make a lot of his possession.
What this implies: The Chivas participant squandered a highly-coveted alternative as a starter. Holding in thoughts that Mexico has an extended listing of different skillful wingers like Hirving Lozano, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, Carlos Vela and Elias Hernandez, it is uncertain that Brizuela will get many extra possibilities for a beginning function in the close to future.
Javier Aquino, MF, Tigres
Why he is right here: On the left wing, Aquino was simply as powerless as Brizuela throughout the pleasant on the 20th. The Tigres participant, who was consistently wrestled off the ball, by no means discovered his rhythm in a match that was determined for extra attacking creativity.
What this implies: Though Aquino is one or two spots increased than Brizuela on the depth chart, there are not any assured minutes for the 28-year-old who is not going to solely have to steal the highlight away from different winger choices, however can even want to win over the following supervisor.