One of the things that Gerardo “Tata” Martino needs to solve before the 2022 FIFA World Cup is the lack of scoring consistency that Mexico National Team has showed during the last year, as the main strikers only scored six goals.
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It’s no lie to say that Raúl Jiménez hasn’t been the same since he returned from the head injury that kept him away from the pitches for nine months, as in the current season he’s only been able to score six goals with Wolves, and only three with El Tri.
Rogelio Funes Mori and Henry Martín, the other two top choices of Gerardo Martino, have score three goals altogether, a poor number that added to their weak performances in Liga MX -Funes Mori has been out of activity for over a month and Martín has been relegated to the bench- has left Martino without a trustworthy forward.
That’s why he decided to give Santiago Giménez his first call up to an official match, although he kept him on the bench on the last FIFA match window. But Martino knows that Giménez won’t be enough and that he needs at least another striker.
He left Puebla to join Villarreal
One of the things that Martino has forgotten to do is look for younger players that are already shining with their teams, even if they’re playing on the academy squads, as they will soon be joining the first team, like Santiago Muñoz or Marcelo Flores in Premier League.
But in La Liga, there’s one Mexican striker that keeps impressing with his outstanding performances, Emiliano García, who was formed in the Club Puebla academy teams and made the jump to Europe to play for Villarreal.
García joined El Submarino Amarillo on a two-and-a-half-year loan with option to buy, hoping to establish as an essential player in the academy teams first, something that he already did, and then becoming a regular player in the first team.
Can he make it to Qatar?
Given the few opportunities that Gerardo Martino has given to young players, it looks almost impossible that the 18-year-old forward is going to be consider for the World Cup this year, but if he manages to debut in La Liga and play regularly on the next few months, Martino will consider him.