In a special pass market due to the pandemic, the 2021 La Liga Cup brought some surprises, both in additions and in games.
RED FRAMES (MOUTH)
The defender is undoubtedly one of the most important reinforcements in this passing market. The great reinforcement, without a doubt, at least by name. Hierarchy and Selection player, he signed to reach Boca after several pulls between the xeneize and Estudiantes, the club in which he was formed and that also wanted it. After several years at Manchester United and a brief stint at Pincha, the defender will start once he gets the set-up.
EZEQUIEL SCHELOTTO (RACING)
Racing stayed with a name that in the Argentine market had begun to sound in recent weeks: Ezequiel Schelotto. The right-back did not make his debut in Argentina, since after doing Inferiores in Banfield he made the jump directly to Europe. There he played in Italy, Portugal and England. He played for the Italian National Team, and now comes after six months of inactivity after being released in mid-2020 from English Brighton.
MARCO RUBEN (CENTRAL ROSARIO)
Without a doubt, a great reinforcement for Central. The 34-year-old forward had decided to leave the courts in mid-2020 and take some time off. That time ended at the end of last year, when after talking with the coach, Cristian González, he chose to wear the Central jacket again. A luxury and experienced scorer who will surely enhance a team that is made up of many youth from the club.
JONATAN MAIDANA (RIVER)
The return of a historical. The center-back who made his debut in Boca but triumphed in River will once again wear the millionaire’s jacket. At the age of 35, and after having left after the conquest of the 2018 Libertadores, Gallardo gave him the go-ahead and Maidana will put on the River Plate jacket again. The Doll has already warned that he will not have a guaranteed place and that he will have to fight for the position, but the experience and hierarchy of the defender will be key to reinforcing a sector of the field in which River usually suffers a lot, especially in the stopped ball. It arrives free from Mexico’s Toluca.
JOSE PARADELA (RIVER)
The jewel of Gymnastics will wear the millionaire’s jacket this season. Those of Núñez shook the transfer market at the request of Gallardo, and José Paradela became a new reinforcement. The 22-year-old footballer came to Primera from the hand of Diego Armando Maradona. The 10 always highlighted him as a great promise, and the young footballer showed signs of his talent when he had to play. It gives the feeling that the Doll imagines him in the place left vacant by Nacho Fernández, another former Gymnastics who performed a lot in River.
IGNACIO PIATTI (RACING)
On the hour, Racing gave the surprise and went out to look for Ignacio Piatti. It must be remembered that the 36-year-old player arrived at the Cyclone at the beginning of 2020, but the bad relationship he had with the Romero twins and then with President Tinelli, accelerated his departure. Juan Antonio Pizzi, who directed him in the Boedo ensemble, was alert and began to move so that he could approach the Academy. He is a talented player, who can give hierarchy to the squad and who the coach knows well. A good bet on closing the pass book.
LISANDRO LOPEZ (RACING)
Racing fans will miss him. Lisandro López is one of the most sensitive casualties in this transfer market. The Academy forward, at age 37, decided to continue his career abroad and will play in MLS. After Milito’s departure as manager, Avellaneda’s team lost a true benchmark on and off the field of play, who had returned in 2015 to later become champion of the 2018/2019 Super League.
NACHO FERNANDEZ (RIVER)
One of the great figures of the successful cycle of Gallardo. Nacho Fernández left River and will continue his career at Atlético Mineiro in Brazil. After five years and a large number of titles, Nacho was the brain of this River that made history. The millionaire will feel the absence of the former gymnastics footballer, who decided that it was time to change the air. With pure emotion and with tears in his eyes, Nacho said goodbye and already began to miss River. The fans will miss him too.
IGNACIO PIATTI (SAN LORENZO)
Ignacio Piatti arrived with great enthusiasm in San Lorenzo at the beginning of 2020, but left without a penalty of glory after a year marked by the pandemic and interrupted football. Nacho, champion of the Initial Tournament of 2013 with the Cyclone, where he was also the top scorer of the contest, could never affirm himself from the football point of view, within a squad marked by the internal ones. His bad relationship with the Romero twins, and with Tinelli, was visible after the statements that the footballer made after leaving the club.
TOMAS POCHETTINO (WORKSHOPS)
Talleres comes from having a good season under the guidance of Uruguayan DT Alexander Medina. And within the roster of young values that stood out within the T is Tomás Pochettino. A key player in the middle of the field of play for the Cordoba team, with a very good punch and display, the man who emerged from Boca will play in the MLS, for Austin FC. A low that will be difficult to replace.
FERNANDO BELLUSCHI (LANÚS)
A son of the house returns to live the last years of his career. Fernando Belluschi will wear the Newell’s shirt again, after 15 years. The veteran footballer left Lanús, where he was after passing through San Lorenzo. With the Garnet team, he alternated between the starters and the substitutes, and the injuries he suffered in the last time did not allow him to perform fully. In 2020 he did not have much participation in Lanús, where he played a total of 11 games and scored a goal.
CLAUDIO BRAVO (BANFIELD)
One of the figures of the Banfield Cup sensation Diego Armando Maradona will continue his career abroad. It’s about Claudio Bravo. The 23-year-old left back was wanted by various teams, and was eventually hired by the Portland Timbers of the MLS. With the Drill he played 61 games in the First Division, and was also part of the Under 23 Champion National Team in Colombia.