One of the things that Gerardo “Tata” Martino has started doing in the past call ups is to give players U-23 the chance of showing their talent and proving him why they should be part of the final roster that Mexico National Team takes to Qatar 2022.
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Although it looks complicated that all of them will make it to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Gerardo Martino is aware that there needs to be a generational change in the Aztec squad sooner rather than later, especially since several players that have been the foundation of the team will retire after the World Cup.
Among those players, the captain Andrés Guardado is at the top of the list, as the 36-year-old midfielder knows that it’s time to give the chance to the younger generation. Other players like Héctor Moreno, Néstor Araujo, Alfredo Talavera and Guillermo Ochoa will also play their last World Cup.
That’s why Martino decided to call up a roster full of youngsters to the friendly game against Guatemala back in April, and 11 U-23 players for the preliminary list that will play with El Tri over the summer, as he knows that they will be the foundation of the squad in 2026.
He’s yet to debut in El Tri, but he’s heading to England
One of the players that Martino called up for the friendly game was MLS side Real Salt Lake goalkeeperDavid Ochoa, who decided to play for Mexico National Team after doing the whole academy process with the United States.
Although he didn’t get to debut, as Carlos Acevedo was the starting goalkeeper on that game, the 21-year-old goalkeeper keeps impressing with his talent, which is why he’s closely followed by Premier League side West Ham United, according to reports from Fox Deportes.
Ochoa is under contract with the Royals until December of this year, which makes the summer transfer window the perfect opportunity for Real to sell him instead of losing him in the free agency. According to Transfermarkt, West Ham will only have to pay $850,000 for his transfer.
West Ham is in need of a goalkpeer
Although Ochoa is followed by at least eight more teams, West Ham provides him with the best possibilities of establishing in a top league, as the Hammers will lose three of their four goalkeepers once the season is over, giving him the perfect spot to land prior the 2022-23 season.