One of the biggest problems that Mexico National Team showed during the CONCACAF Qualifiers was the lack of aim the players have, especially the three forwards that had playing time and the wingers that Gerardo “Tata” Martino usually started.
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On the 14 games that El Tri played, Raúl Jiménez was able to score only three times, all of them via penalty kick. His numbers are far from the top scorers of CONCACAF, as Cycle Larin scored 13, Jonathan David scored nine and David Rugamas scored eight, even if El Salvador didn't make it to the World Cup.
The other two forwards in El Tri's roster were Rogelio Funes Mori, who hasn't scored for El Tri since October, and Henry Martín, who scored two goals, his last one against Jamaica in January on the 2-1 victory that El Tri barely managed to save on their visit to Kingston.
As if that wasn't enough, neither Hirving “Chucky” Lozano not Jesús Manuel “Tecatito” Corona were able to find the net on a regular basis, especially when they shared the pitch with Jiménez. The lack of goals of the current roster has everyone asking why Martino hasn't considered Carlos Vela, who is one of the best active strikers.
Manchester City is after Vela's replacement in El Tri
Carlos Vela hasn't played a single game for the Mexican national team in the "Tata" Martino era, as his last game wearing El Tri colors was on the round of 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when Brazil beat El Tri by a 2-0 score.
Martino has been clear about not wanting him in the Aztec squad, and even if he returned, he’d only be playing for a couple of years. instead, El Tri needs a long-term solution, like Alexis Alcalá, who already signed a pre agreement with Manchester City.
According to reports, the 16-year-old offensive midfielder, who currently plays for LA Galaxy II, the Galaxy reserves team where he already debuted at his young age, is in plans of the Citizens, although they can’t sign him until he turns 18 given the FIFA restrictions for underage players.
Can he play for El Tri?
Alex Alcalá was born in Stockon, California, in 2005 on a Mexican household, which opens the doors for him to represent either Mexico or the United States. So far, Alcalá has inclined to play for El Tri academy teams, where he has been part of the U-15 and U-16 squads.