At ESPN we present you the count of what the season was like for each of the Mexicans in the Old Continent.
The Mexicans in Europe closed one more season and in some cases the results were satisfactory, as they won titles and performed better than the rest, which could even catapult them to reach a better team in the transfer market.
Meanwhile, others had difficult times and some more appeared positively with their respective clubs. Next, on ESPN we present you the count of what the season was like for each of the Mexicans in the Old Continent.
The ‘Zorro’ had an irregular year with Atlético de Madrid, and between injuries and illness, the Mexican midfielder could not close his last year with the Colchoneros with many minutes. Herrera had 21 games in LaLiga, one in the Copa del Rey, one in the Spanish Super Cup and four in the UEFA Champions League for a total of 27 in all competitions.
This year, Herrera had no goals and could contribute little to the results of his team, which qualified for the UEFA Champions League the following season, despite the fact that the midfielder will not play it since this summer he moved to the Houston Dynamo from the MLS.
Herrera’s best moment was at the beginning of 2022, because between January and March he signed his greatest continuity and it seemed that he earned a place in Diego Pablo Simeone’s scheme, although an injury or he moved away from the courts and, on his return, he did not could be done again with ownership.
The ‘Little Prince’ was one of Real Betis’ engines for this campaign. With 2 duels played in LaLiga and more than 1,300 minutes in that competition, the Betis captain won his first title with the Heliopolitan team, which was the Copa del Rey, which they beat Valencia on penalties.
Guardado had Covid at the end of 2021 and one more injury in March. Despite these setbacks, the veteran had a constant level that went from less to more in order to achieve the team’s aspirations of entering European positions, as they managed to qualify for the UEFA Europa League.
The Mexican youth, who was listed as one of the best youth squads in Mexico at the time, could not consolidate himself with Real Betis and it is reported that the 21-year-old player is looking for a new destination to be able to have the minutes he wants.
In LaLiga, Lainez barely had seven games played for 135 minutes. Even in the Copa del Rey he barely had two duels and participated in 127 minutes and contributed two goals that at the time were key for the Betis to advance to the round.
Despite everything, the Aztec winger could not establish himself in Europe despite the fact that he is living his fourth year on the other side of the Atlantic. There are even clubs from Mexico and some from Europe that are interested in his services, despite the fact that his intention is to continue in a competitive league.
At 30 years old, the defender is in his fourth year in Europe and was the undisputed starter with Celta de Vigo, a team led by Eduardo Coudet. Positioned in the central defense, he accumulated 33 LaLiga games and 2,525 minutes in what was the third most active campaign.
Despite the fact that his continuity was at risk at the beginning of the season, Araujo knew how to win a place in the ‘Chacho’ scheme and consolidated himself above the rest of the central defenders who fought for a place in the starting XI.
The ‘Wizard’ had a complex and complicated end to the campaign, and the Mexican winger landed at Celta de Vigo for the final stretch of the season, but he only played six times and added 74 minutes.
The drop in activity was due to the fact that from the technical direction they considered that his arrival was unjustified, since they did not ask for his services and in the position they have Denis Suárez, who is one of the pillars of the Celtics.
Now, Orbelín only has time to adapt to Spain and football in the Old Continent, since he must show that his arrival was not a whim.
Jesus Manuel Corona
The ‘Tecatito’ is one of the elements that had the greatest progression and that experienced a change of team in the middle of the season without that reducing his individual performance, since in the winter market he went from Porto de Portugal to Sevilla in Spain.
Corona, in the first instance, was champion with Porto, since the Dragons took the Primeira Liga de Portugal. Now, with Sevilla he landed on the right foot and immediately took over the starting role in Julen Lopetegui’s team.
‘Tecatito’ struggled with the Sevillians at the close of LaLiga, as they let many points slip due to the lack of solidity with their ‘9’, as well as the errors in the lower zone; however, Corona was always solid whenever he was required.
The ‘Chucky’ and Napoli will play the next UEFA Champions League after the role they played in Serie A where they only finished behind Milan and Inter Milan, who played for the championship until the last date.
Lozano had a season of ups and downs, but was able to contribute five goals in Serie A, in addition to one more in the UEFA Europa League, for which he marked his second best goalscoring quota since landing in the Italian country in 2019.
Lozano is the object of desire of some clubs according to European media, but with a current contract with Napoli, he looks like one of the players to take the lead in the Neapolitan attack for the following season.
The center-back was one of those who had the worst time on a collective level, since he signed the descent from Serie A with Genoa. Despite everything, the sporting growth that he had individually was enormous, since he had to learn to play as a left back in one of the best leagues in European football.
Johan lived through the change of coach in his team and despite the fact that at times he had no activity, including the closure of the league, without a doubt he was one of those who had the greatest individual progression. It will be a matter of time to find out his future and whether he continues in Italy or seeks a new latitude.
The ‘Wolf of Tepeji’ had a campaign of ups and downs, and although he returned to the highest level of competition after a skull injury that sidelined him from official activity until August 2021, he did not influence Wolverhampton in the best way, Well, the Premier League team ran out of options to play for European positions.
Jiménez played 33 Premier League games in which he scored six goals, which is not his worst quota in Europe, but the worst in a full campaign with the Wolves, since the last one he scored four goals, but he stopped playing in November 2020.
The Arsenal youth from England lives his dream of playing with the U-23 of the London team despite his 18 years, so his growth and development increases every game and every week. In addition, he was able to experience a call-up to the Gunners’ first team when he was considered for the bench in the game against Crystal Palace on April 4.
The comments about his progression are positive and although he has not yet made his professional debut, he is five years ahead of his category, as he is constant with the U-23 despite his young age.
The striker who is at Newcastle United did not participate with the first team, but he did with the U23 squad, where he played five times, added 300 minutes and scored a goal. The Mexican striker, who left Santos, is on loan with the English team until December 2022 and it will be a matter of time to know if they make the purchase option valid.
The ‘Machín’ was one of the elements that fared best this season, as they became Eredivisie champions with Ajax and added their fourth title with the Amsterdam team. The midfielder participated in 31 games and accumulated 2,339 minutes to help his team obtain the championship trophy.
Álvarez also scored five goals, which is the best goalscoring campaign in his career, despite the fact that his position is not one of many goals since he is a born recuperator.
On the other hand, he fell in the final of the KNVB Beker, which is the Dutch Cup, against PSV, the same as another Mexican. Despite everything, the level of ‘Machín’ puts him in the spotlight to be an element of desire for the next transfer market.
The ‘Guti’ went from the ground to the sky because he was erased in the first part of the season and then he was the undisputed starter with PSV Eindhoven in the second part of the campaign, as he gained the trust of his coach.
Even the midfielder himself recognized that this 2021-22 was his best season due to the way in which he closed the football year, as he was champion of the Dutch Cup against Edson Álvarez’s Ajax.
The Genk winger from Belgium was an undisputed starter with the team for most of the season. He participated in 31 matches, of which 28 were as a starter, and he accumulated 2,582 minutes on the pitch.
Although his team could not fight for a place at the top of the table in the Jupiler League, it did enter a playoff to see if it has a chance to go to the Conference League next season.
The ‘Vasco’ experienced the drama of relegation with Mallorca. The Mexican helmsman arrived at the LaLiga team once the championship was underway and with little room for maneuver to free them from losing the category.
However, Aguirre is experiencing the most crucial moment of his career, because this Sunday he will play the match that will define whether or not he will remain in the top flight of Spanish football.
The 20-year-old youth changed clubs in winter, and it is that he went from Lille in France to Braga in Portugal, where he was relegated to the B squad, a team in which he participated in two games and added nine minutes. The former youth squad from Pachuca has not had a good time and his future looks complex due to the competition he has in the position.
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