With many important games on the horizon for the Mexican national team, there is a lot of talk around who the starting eleven should be.
Mexico’s depth is at an arguable all-time best, so picking one starting XI can be difficult. That being said, here is The Stoppage Time’s pick for El Tri’s best lineup.
The defense will have very little change from what we have seen in the past year. Miguel Layún and Hector Moreno are the automatic locks, as they have been the most consistent with their clubs and country. Reyes is close to a lock, being that he is young and gets a lot of playing time with Real Sociedad.
The Mexican hero of 2015, Paul Aguilar, will most likely keep his spot at right-back, but he needs to keep his form consistent with Club America, because there is some young talent coming through the ranks like Pachuca‘s Rodolfo Pizarro and Raúl López of Chivas.
Here is a spot on the XI where there can be many different looks, as well as changes. However, Andrés Guardado is the captain which means he will undoubtedly keep his spot in the startling lineup.
Jonathan dos Santos did not feature in any of the November WCQ’s, but he has been a very strong player with Villarreal, and we all recall his tremendous work rate from the 2015 Gold Cup.
Hector Herrera will be the biggest question mark solely on form. His summer with Mexico was not pretty, as he looked lethargic and unmotivated. He has turned things around with FC Porto, winning over the starting spot with his club. If he can keep up his regular form, Herrera will be a start with El Tri in 2016.
We saw this trio against El Salvador in November, and they linked up pretty well. If they get some more playing time together, I think this can be a lethal combination.
Jesus “Tecatito” Corona has been growing as a footballer every month it feels like. His new club in FC Porto have been more than happy with his introduction to the team.
The guy who has the smallest amount of doubt in his spot is most likely Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. His form with Bayer Leverkusen has been above and beyond what we all expected, and his role with Mexico looks like it’s here to stay for quite some time.
Carlos Vela hasn’t had the best year with Real Sociedad, but his club has gone through some drastic changes recently. Yet, he seemed poised in his role when placed in the starting XI with Mexico in the recent WCQ. It wouldn’t be surprising if he can win this spot over.
As of right now, it is very difficult to put anyone but Alfredo Talavera at the #1 spot at keeper. However, if Guillermo Ochoa can make a club move and get on the field with a new club, Talavera may fall to the #2 spot on the roster.
But if nothing changes, Alfredo Talavera will be the go-to guy between the posts for Mexico.