Mexico Midfielders Making Good On Loan Moves

El Tri midfielders looking good early in loan moves

Photo Courtesy of the Official Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Facebook Page

With the next 10 days seeing national team play take center stage across the world, Mexico is no exception in terms of being a team who will take advantage as it will play two games, one on September 6 vs. Chile and then on September 9 vs. Bolivia. As the Mexican National Team gets ready to play these two friendly games, the team coached by Miguel Herrera has seen a boost from the image they left of their play at the World Cup as a few Mexican players have seen the team’s fine performance mean that they benefited with either a move to Europe like Raul Jimenez or seen a revival of their careers like Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez. Two Mexican players who had European moves, in their case loan moves from La Liga teams to another European team went under the radar but so far have seen them deliver man of the match performances. Those two players are midfielders Andres Guardado and Javier Aquino.

After having had a very good World Cup, Andres Guardado saw his career get a revival as a result of his fine play on the left side of the midfield and he carried that fine form into the preseason for Valencia CF. Therefore it was a bit surprising not to see Guardado on the team sheet for Valencia’s league opener when it visited reigning Europa League champions Sevilla.

A few days later it was announced that Guardado had gone to PSV Eindhoven and would spend the 2014-15 season on loan with the Dutch side. The move made sense in that because he was a player wanted by coach Philip Cocu and as a result, this means he is guaranteed to get playing time. And sure enough in his first game with the team, Guardado turned in a fine performance as PSV Eindhoven defeated Vitese Arnhem 2-0 and Guardado’s play earned him a round of applause as he came off late in the second half for a substitute.

As for Javier Aquino, he had a quiet participation in the World Cup for Mexico and then upon his return to Villarreal CF for preseason training. found himself starring at little to no playing time for the 2014-15 season with the ‘Yellow Submarine’. With that in mind, Aquino was loaned out to another La Liga team in Rayo Vallecano who despite barely avoiding relegation last season are a team who entertain with their positive play. In the first two games of the season, both draws for Rayo Vallecano, Aquino has turned in two man of the match performances as he was been pivotal in the majority of the team’s best scoring chances so far this season including assisting on both goals on Sunday.

The idea behind loan moves is for players who are not guaranteed playing time with their parent club to get playing time at another club. Therefore it is good to see both Guardado and Aquino get off to very good starts with their loan teams and to take advantage of the playing time these moves are intended to garner for them.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing Mexican National Team and Liga MX writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan

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