Without having coached RM Castilla and Real Madrid, Fernando “Tano” Ortíz has done in over a month what Santiago Solari couldn’t do for the first part of Clausura 2022, as he now has Club América battling for Repechaje spots instead of trying to leave the bottom of the table.
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Thanks to the modifications he’s done to the scheme, where he went from a forced 4-3-3, to opening the gameplan either to a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-2-1, Diego Valdés now has more freedom to move, something that has benefited not only the Chilean midfielder, but the overall performance of the team, who looks more comfortable on the pitch.
This change has helped Valdés return to the performances he used to have in Santos Laguna, as he’s scored three times in the last three games, in contrast to the first eight games of the season, where he was able to score just one goal.
But “Tano” Ortíz knows that the club still needs a striker that can score constantly, as Federico Viñas just scored his first goal of the season, and both Roger Martínez and Henry Martín haven’t been able to take advantage of the chances they’ve had.
Who is the striker that can arrive in América?
The lack of production that Henry Martín is having with both Las Águilas and Club América has Emilio Azcárraga and Santiago Baños looking for a replacement for the Mexican striker, as he even was benched against FC Juárez.
According to reports from TV Azteca, they’re considering acquiring Diego Abreu, a young Mexican talent that currently plays in Uruguay, where he’s scored over 100 goals in the academy categories. His arrival to Las Águilas would improve the position, as well as the possibilities of Abreu playing for Mexico National Team.
For now, the 18-year-old forward is recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered while playing for Uruguay U-20 in December, although his return to the pitches is planned to be during the preseason of the 2022-23 season. Abreu has also been part of the Mexican academy teams.
Does “Tano” Ortíz want a young striker?
Something that Fernando Ortíz has started doing since he took over Las Águilas is giving young players more opportunities in the first team, which is why he wouldn’t oppose to the arrival of Abreu, as he knows of the talent and the ease to score that the young striker has.