If you’ve been following Liga MX for even a couple of years, you have most likely heard of some of the up-and-coming young players like Cesar Montes, Edson Álvarez, and Diego Lainez. Now that the Clausura 2018 is approaching, there are a few other names Mexico and Liga MX fans should keep tabs on.
Take a look at who could be making waves in 2018…
Carlos Vargas (Club América) – Defender
Club América fans will tell you that one of the few bright spots in the Apertura 2017 was the emergence of defender Carlos Vargas. The 18-year-old started getting regular minutes around the halfway point in the season, and he did not disappoint. Coming over to América from Tijuana Xolos, Vargas has seemingly found his new home. He’s a lengthy defender who has an eye for strong clearances and well-timed slide tackles.
With Pablo Aguilar gone, all signs are pointing to Vargas taking over a defender role for Club América. Moreover, if Miguel ‘Piojo’ Herrera implements his famous backline of 5, he could be starting next to another top young player in Edson Álvarez.
JJ Macías (Chivas) – Forward
Here is another young player who came onto the scene late in the season for Chivas. This 18-year-old showed confidence in big matches for the-then reigning champions Chivas. Moreover, here are some impressive numbers about JJ: 7 matches played, 2 goals, and a scoring frequency of one goal every 152 minutes…not bad for a new face at a big Mexican club.
I think its safe to say JJ will get his looks this upcoming season because what we’ve seen from him so far has been impressive, to say the least.
Erick Sánchez, Roberto de la Rosa (Pachuca) – Attacking midfielders/Forwards
Here is a one-two punch from the third place medalists at the FIFA Club World Cup. The 18-year-old and 17-year-old stole the show in their third place win over Al-Jazira this December, as Erick assisted Roberto in a clutch goal. It easy to believe that these two will be seeing playing time this upcoming year simply due to the poise and maturity they showed on a big stage.
Pachuca is not new to developing talent, especially with former winger Hirving Lozano tearing up the Eredivisie, and that has fans of the club and country excited.