Miguel Layun in the 2013 Gold Cup, Getty Images
With a ticket to Brazil 2014 on the line Mexico will go into their September qualifiers against Honduras and the United States without America defender Miguel Layun or Chivas de Guadalajara midfielder Marco Fabian.
Jose Manuel Del La Torre reverted to his Confederations Cup squad with very few surprises in his selection. Notable is the inclusion of naturalized players Chaco Gimenez and Damian Alvarez.
Surprisingly, Layun and Fabian were not recalled to El Tri after distinguished performances in the 2013 Gold Cup.
Fabian has been struggling to find his form with his club, as Guadalajara continues to falter in the Liga MX. But Fabian proved in the Gold Cup and in the Olympics that when linked up with the right players he could do great things.
Olympic gold was not luck; his link up with Villarreal striker Giovani Dos Santos was lethal in that tournament. He proved great potential and good chemistry with one of Mexico’s best. Unfortunately his poor form with Guadalajara will force Fabian to wait out another shot with El Tri’s senior team.
Even more shocking is the absence of Layun who is in tremendous form with America at the moment.
Layun offers accurate crossing, penetration and long-range shooting, elements that have been missing from El Tri through out qualifying.
He was lively for Mexico in the Gold Cup dominating the right back position. A spot that was still unclear for “Chepo” who had been rotating Monterey defender Severo Meza and Cruz Azul player Gerardo Flores.
Both lacking the qualities Layun has.
De La Torre must have been be cringing at the sight of Layun hammering home a long range effort against Pumas in el Estadio Olympico Universitario on Monday. Signs that Layun is yet to slow down.
It is unfortunate that Layun got snubbed at such a crucial time for El Tri, as he was beginning to show great promise.
Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez deficient of good service throughout qualifying would have welcomed Layun’s inclusion.
With the good service Layun was offering in the Gold Cup a player like Hernandez would have instinctually pounce on every ball. Dozens of crosses from Layun fizzed through the box lacking a clinical finisher to tap them in. That link up would have been a deadly asset for El Tri in qualifiers.
Unfortunately for the time being Mexico will have to make due without him. But, should Mexico qualify then Layun is definitely an asset De La Torre can’t afford to ignore come the World Cup.