5 Mexicans Who Would Have Huge Success Overseas
The 2014 World Cup was the perfect opportunity for several Mexican footballers to show that they can succeed in Europe, regardless of age and position.
Little by little, the Liga MX is showing improvement, which impacts in El Tri's performance, but there's a lot of room for improvement.
As coach Miguel Herrera acknowledged in a press conference earlier this month, it is important to have more footballers playing abroad, especially in Europe.
So, what players would make a real impact overseas? Let's find out.
Jose Juan Vazquez
Jose Juan Vazquez took over Mexico's midfield during Brazil 2014. In Miguel Herrera's 5-3-2 formation—which can easily mutate into a 3-5-2 system— the central midfielder's role is key.
Not only he has to keep the ball and pass it to the wingers and forwards, he must help the defense when in distress and try to break the rival's attack.
Vazquez did it in style, becoming one of the undisputed starters, although he had only played two games before Mexico's World Cup debut.
El Gallito is the kind of player who can join the attack easily, without compromising his duties in the center of the pitch.
He has fantastic touch and accuracy; according to FIFA.com he had a rate of 91.4 percent of pass completion and recovered nine balls.
Paul Aguilar has set himself as one of the most valuable defenders in Mexican football.
He has played for Pachuca, Indios and America, in the latter he returned to his old self, as he had lost his speed and dribbling skills.
Aguilar has evolved into a fantastic wing-back, especially under Miguel Herrera's tenure with Las Aguilas, and later with El Tri.
He can go all the way to the goal line, from where he can either send a cross or diagonal, or even shoot if he finds enough space.
During the 2014 Apertura, Aguilar has played three games and has one assist, as per ESPN FC.
Marco Fabian had a bright performance with Mexico's U23 team. His performances were key during the 2011 Pan American Games, as well as all the competitions held in 2012, such as the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier, Toulon Tournament and Summer Olympics.
He was eventually capped for the senior squad, but faltered. The reason was simple: Fabian was not playing at his best with Guadalajara, his then club.
When he moved to Cruz Azul on a one-year loan, he quickly returned to his scoring days, mainly because he was no longer playing as a forward, but as an attacking midfielder, who can be lethal through the left flank.
Fabian's speed, strength and ball control put him under Stuttgart's radar, as reported by Chivas' owner Jorge Vergara (h/t ESPN Deportes, in Spanish). However, the Mexican won't leave the country.
If nothing weird happens, Raul Jimenez will play for Atletico Madrid until 2020.
Marca's Alberto Barbero reports the striker has signed a €10.5 million deal to join Los Colchoneros for the following six seasons, which would be the highest transfer for a Mexican footballer in history.
Jimenez has proved his worth in the current Liga MX tournament, where he tops the scorers' table with a total tally of four in the same number of matchdays.
The youngster has a fantastic knack for goal scoring and knows exactly where the goal is, despite his position on the box.
We saw him score a fantastic bicycle-kick goal against Panama at the Estadio Azteca, as well as a first-class penalty kick with Las Aguilas, precisely against Atletico Madrid in the final showdown of the Copa Euroamericana, earlier this month.
During the 2014 World Cup, Carlos Pena lost the starting position to Andres Guardado, mainly due to El Principito's experience.
El Gullit is a very complete footballer. He can play on the left, the center or the right midfield with the same class and success.
He is a natural playmaker. He can make a run to the box, unbalancing the defenders easily and then passing the ball, or by sending crosses from the flanks.
Pena is very accurate and can also shoot from outside the box or at close range. He is a stalwart with Leon, and at age 24, he has a bright future ahead.