It has been quite a while since Mexico fans have seen Giovani dos Santos play in a green kit (or black/white) with their beloved crest. As of this past week, we have learned that Giovani dos Santos has declined the call the represent Mexico at the Copa América.
Although he has begun to find his groove with the LA Galaxy, there are several reasons why his absence won’t ultimately be as big of a factor as many think…
He has yet to play under Osorio
Since Juan Carlos Osorio has taken over as manager of Mexico, Giovani has yet to suit up for the national team. The reason why this is a big factor is that Mexico has also yet to lose since his hiring. Osorio and Mexico have gone 5-0-0 in that time frame, which includes two big road victories in World Cup qualifying (Honduras, Canada).
There would also be no guarantee of playing time, as well, because players like Tecatito Corona and Hirving Lozano have stepped up to the plate over the past several games for Mexico.
Had Giovani been able to play in a few friendlies, though, this point could have been erased. But, since it hasn’t, Osorio will have to go with his new #10 in Tecatito.
Agradezco profundamente a la FMF considerarme. No puedo participar en esta ocasión, pero mi corazón estará con ustedes siempre.
— Giovani Dos Santos (@OficialGio) May 18, 2016
(Giovani tweets thanks to the FMF, but he cannot play at the current time. Reasons still unknown)
Mexico has a lot of attacking talent on the roster
As mentioned, Mexico’s attack has a lot of firepower to it. Chicharito, Tecatito, Raúl Jiménez, Oribe Peralta, Hirving Lozano etc. are all ready to take on the task at hand. The forwards in the call-up all have experience with the current roster, and if Mexico were to be worried about a part of the call-up, it would be the defense.
We all hope there are zero injuries, but if there are any on the defensive side, the depth is a little shy of confidence. On the other hand, Osorio has many options on the attacking side. He can go with his usual 4-3-3, or even throw in a 4-4-2 which opens the depth more with possible subs from Jürgen Damm and Javier Aquino.
Either way, the only absence(s) that would felt immediately if the unthinkable happens, is in the defense for the Mexican national team this June.
There may be a possibility Giovani goes to Rio
The tournament doesn’t start till August, but there could be a chance Giovani is called as an overage option for the Mexican national team. Although he did win the Gold with Mexico in 2012, he was injured for the championship final against Brazil.
Could Gio’s reasons for declining the Copa América call-up be that he wants another go in the Olympics? I wouldn’t rule it out.