After starting the season as on of the top contenders in Liga MX, Cruz Azul performances have diminished as games go by, and now with just one game left on the regular season of Clausura 2022, they could even lose the home advantage if they lose against Club América.
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La Máquina has come to less since Jaime Ordiales assumed the sporting directorposition to replace Álvaro Dávila, who was the main supporter of Juan Reynoso in the Cruz Azul structure, contrary to Ordiales, who’s enmity with Reynoso is well known across Liga MX.
Although Cruz Azul had a roster built to compete in both Liga MX and CONCACAF Champions League, the tight schedule added to the injuries, the tense relationship between Ordiales and Reynoso and the early departure of Brayan Angulo have deteriorated their aspirations.
Even if Angulo didn’t contribute much to La Máquina’s offense, he left a big whole in Reynoso’s scheme, as Cruz Azul is finishing Clausura 2022 with only to forwards: Santiago Giménez and Iván Morales, who joined this season and hasn’t fully adapted.
They’re after a new striker for next season
That’s why La Máquina has already started looking to add a new forward during the summer, as they know they need to have at least a third option to rotate them if one gets on a bad streak or gets injured, something that has happened this season with several Cruz Azul key players.
According to reports, Cruz Azul is interested in acquiring a player that has been labeled as the new Nery Castillo, as reported by Uruguayan outlet media: Diego Abreu, son of Sebastián Abreu, who could have his first adventure in Liga MX thanks to La Máquina.
Abreu is currently part of Uruguay side Defensor Sporting, although he hasn’t played this season neither with the senior squad nor the U-19 team given that he’s recovering from a torn ACL sufferedlast December when he was playing for Uruguay Youth National Team.
Can he arrive to Cruz Azul?
The 19-year-old Mexican Uruguayan striker has, an impressive mark that could place him scored over 100 goals in the academy categories in El Tri’s radar if he manages to keep it going on in a first division. If La Máquina were to acquire him, they would have to pay just $52,000, a low-risk high-reward investment.
His potential arrival to Liga MX opens him the door to returning to play with the Mexican national team, as in the past few months he’s inclined to play for Uruguay U-20, although he knows that the structure that El Tri has could benefit his career in the long run.