As the summer wears on, what at first promised to be a busy transfer period for Mexicans abroad has cooled off significantly.
Gio Dos Santos has failed thus far to secure a move from Tottenham, club ownership at Ajaccio is saying they’ll probably keep Memo Ochoa, and rumors surrounding Hector Moreno potentially moving to a bigger club are looking like just that.
The good news for El Tri? It’s probably all for the best. The most important aspect to a summer transfer is not the name or fame of the club to which the player moves, but the situation which he moves into. With a few exceptions, the Mexicans not on the move are staying put at clubs where their first team status is not in doubt.
Ochoa was the player of the year for Ajaccio last year, and the best goalkeeper in the French league. Another season at the bottom-of-the-table club will surely give Ochoa a workout between the sticks, but also a chance to prove to any remaining doubters that the previous campaign was no fluke. With another show-stealing season in Corsica, Ochoa could well move up the ranks even more to become a keeper coveted by the top teams in the world.
Gio’s situation, of course, is more complicated. We all know how what looked to be an imminent transfer to Malaga or Atletico Madrid seems to have at least temporarily fallen through. Though the on-again, off-again Gio to Malaga story did flare up again midweek, the specter of Mexico’s top attacking talent spending another year in Tottenham has grown substantially in the last couple weeks.
But even that would not necessarily be news to fret over. A coaching change in North London and the imminent departure of playmaker Luca Modric mean Gio should get a fair chance to challenge for a meaningful role on the field for the upcoming campaign, should he stay.
Plus, Dos Santos, like other Mexican Olympians, has the upcoming tournament in the UK to impress, and force the club’s hand by garnering a more significant bid for his services.
Not in that category is Carlos Vela, who passed up the Olympic Games but not the chance to move permanently to Real Sociedad, a club which made him its top target this summer. That move makes obvious sense, as Vela was never in the plans for the Gunners, though it still leaves Vela’s decision to skip the Olympics in the dubious category.
In the meantime, the other Mexicans who have moved also figure to get more playing time at their new clubs.
The contingent that moved back to Mexico will all star for their clubs rather than sitting the bench in Europe. That should bring Efrain Juarez, Nery Castillo and Pablo Barrera back into form should El Tri need them.
Young star Ulises Davila even found himself a tenable situation, in the second division of Spain at Sabadell, where he’ll join fellow Mexican acquisition Anibal Zurdo. It should prove a more useful loan than last season’s debacle in Holland for a young player in flux with Chelsea, and in need of PT.
All in all, though movement for Mexicans has been limited thus far in the summer (with the Olympics still to come, of course), the most important factor - likely playing time - looks good for the remaining contingent of Mexicans abroad.
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