Tigres have done it again and signed a Mexican player from a European club. Diego Reyes was signed on a free transfer after agreeing with Fenerbahçe to terminate his contract.
Diego returns to the Mexican league after spending an inconsistent six years playing in Portugal and Spain. The former Club America youth star returns after playing in over 100 games for five different clubs.
“El Flaco” was signed in 2013 by Porto, from the Portuguese league. Porto, an established club in the market of developing players and selling them, was not successful in launching the young Mexican star’s career. He spent the majority of his time with Porto B, their youth team. He was also loaned to Spanish clubs Real Sociedad and Espanyol. During his tenure in La Liga, Diego showed flashes of high quality soccer, which earned him regular appearances for the Mexican National Team. Once his loan was over, Reyes returned to Porto and still saw minimal playing time.
In 2018 Diego was signed by Fenerbahce, a Turkish League team. Some may argue this was a questionable move for the young player at the time. Again, his playing time was not what he had expected and was loaned out to Spanish club, Leganes.
After his loan ended, Diego returned to Fenerbahce, where he was informed that he was not in the coach’s plans to begin the season. They both agreed to terminate his contract making him a free agent. Going into the final weeks of the transfer deadline, Diego Reyes was being pursued by two powerhouse clubs, Tigres and the team that developed and formed him, Club America.
Tigres ultimately won the player over and once he arrived, stated that his decision was made based upon the recent 10 years of success of the Northern team. According to Reyes, he returns a more mature player with the aspiration to regain his form that once allowed him to play in Europe.
The big question mark will be, “Where will he play?” Tigres have recently brought Carlos Salcedo from Germany and Hugo Ayala doesn’t seem to be slowing down. My take is that he will be developed slowly to regain form and to eventually rotate out center backs to ease the load off the starters. The aggressive tactical move would be to play all three in the back which would mean an attacking player would come off. ‘Tuca’ has shown before to be able to play in that system, while doubtful, but still a possibility to have different tactical approaches.
It is a great move for the club as he is a consistent player for the National Team. Tigres gain a young talented player to continue its ascendance to be a powerhouse club in the Liga MX.