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El Tri Report: Layún, Raúl, And Jona Shine in 2016

PORTO, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 06: FC PortoÕs defender Miguel Layun from Mexico during the FC Porto v SL Benfica - Primeira Liga match at Estadio do Dragao on November 06, 2016 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)
El Tri Report: Layún, Raúl, And Jona Shine in 2016

It has been an up and down year for some, while others consistently shined for their European clubs. 2016 was an exciting year, and fans are hoping for the same come 2017.

Here are the grades for the Mexican legion in Europe…

Carlos Vela – Real Sociedad (Spain)

Grade: B

He may not always get his name on the scoresheet, but Carlos is and has been the X-factor for Real Sociedad. He consistently shows up in big games, finds the open man, and can take a finesse shot leaving keepers scratching their heads.

Carlos Salcedo – Fiorentina (Italy)

Grade: B-

For only being in Italy for a short time, Salcedo has become a regular with his new club Fiorentina. Not all of his games are spectacular, but for a new player being used in different positions, Carlos is holding his own.

Diego Reyes – Espanyol (Spain)

Grade: B

Diego has quietly found himself a major player in the Espanyol defense. A consistent starter, Diego has shown the quality we all knew he had dating back to the 2012 Olympics.

Hector Herrera, Miguel Layún, Tecatito – FC Porto (Portugal)

Grade(s): Herrera C, Layún A, Tecatito B-

Herrera’s presence had somewhat diminished for  FC Porto. Not seen as a regular starter, Herrera has reached a slump in scoring and assists, and now starts.

Layún, when healthy, is one of the best Porto has to offer. He comes up big time and time again, whether sending a deadly cross, or throwing defenders off in the counter.

Tecatito has shown his moments of brilliance, especially with his control and dribbling genius. However, his consistency can be questioned. He is still young, though, so keep an eye for a breakout 2017.

Raúl Jiménez – Benfica (Portugal)

Grade: A

Let’s put it this way, if Raúl didn’t miss a month and a half with a minor injury in September, he may have been considered the best in Portugal with the momentum he was building. However, finishing the season strong has Benfica fans excited for what Raúl has to offer in 2017.

Chicharito – Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)

Grade: C

Chicharito’s 2016 started off fantastically. He continued his freakish scoring record, and he carried that to the start of the 2016/17 season. Yet, failing to score in over two months at the end has hurt Chicharito. No reason to completely worry, as Chicharito has the skill to go on a scoring streak at any time.

Hector Moreno, Andrés Guardado – PSV (Netherlands)

Grade(s): Moreno C, Guardado C

To be honest, nothing too spectacular from either Mexican at PSV. With rumors of a move for both, it actually may be for the best, especially after the major crash and burn out of the Champions league.

Memo Ochoa – Granada (Spain)

Grade: C+

His tenure at Granada started off very poorly. The 1-7 loss to Atlético Madrid looked to have scarred Memo with his new team, but that has now changed. He is starting to show the quality and experience we have seen in the past with Memo.

Marco Fabián – Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)

Grade: B

From being pushed aside to a crucial starter, Fabián has made a terrific turnaround at Eintracht Frankfurt. His consistent importance to the team is a breath of fresh air from what we saw when the 2015/16 season was ending.

Jonathan dos Santos – Villarreal (Spain)

Grade: A

His XI spot is never in doubt, and his great scoring/assist run to end 2016 has been the cherry on top for a truly special talent. Let’s hope he can continue to make waves for the Yellow Submarine.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011, and is a Sport management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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