The coach must resolve the name of the center forward of his team for the debut against Argentinos Juniors.
The string of injuries complicated Mariano Soso’s plans for his debut in the Professional League Cup. San Lorenzo will begin his cycle with his new coach officially against Argentinos Juniors at La Paternal and for that appointment he already knows that he will not be able to count on his star reinforcement, Franco Di Santo, who tore this Monday. The question that the DT must answer in these last days of preparation is: who will be the “9” of the Cyclone?
The Mendoza striker will have to keep waiting to play his first game in Argentine football after an extensive career abroad. He was shaping up to be the starter as center forward Di Santo. He occupied that position in all the friendlies played by Boedo’s in the preseason, beyond not having been able to score and having missed a penalty against Lanús, a match in which he was later sent off for insulting the referee.
However, the muscle injury marginalizes him from the premiere. That is why Soso has to define with which area man he will face the Beast. Variants has. There are four names competing for the vacant spot among the incumbents.
The clearest option would be to Jonathan Herrera, the other Barça incorporation in this break extra large for the pandemic. But the former Central Córdoba is lacking in rhythm for various reasons.
He had to quarantine first, since his wife had tested positive for coronavirus a few days before the return from face-to-face practices. Then he got infected and had to remain in isolation. In turn, when the friendlies began, he felt a muscle contracture. And a few weeks ago it was dad, so he got a license. All this made him take a few steps back in the set-up.
An option that gained strength in the last hours is the appearance of Ángel Romero as the most advanced attacker. In this way, the one who would enter through Di Santo would be the juvenile Matías Palacios, 18, to position himself behind the “9” and have Oscar Romero on his right and Juan Ramirez on the left. This is how the coach proved it in the test this Thursday.
This variable allows Soso to include Palacios, the jewel of Inferiores, so that he can associate with the Romero, team figures. In addition, it is the possibility that has the most consensus among supporters, who have long asked to see Matías from the beginning.
Ángel knows well the position of center attacker, since in Corinthians he carried out that task, becoming the scorer at Arena Corinthians. In San Lorenzo, the Paraguayan forward has 21 presentations and 5 annotations, but always playing as a midfielder or second striker.
The blue and red DT have more alternatives. There are other kids from the quarry waiting for their chance. One is Alexander Diaz (20 years), who recovered from an operation for a fractured toe. Díaz accumulates 13 matches dressed as cuervo not marked yet.
Mariano Peralta Bauer (22), is the other boy looking to shoot in Primera. So far he only takes 3 duels, always entering the elite from the bench. In the match with Lanús, he formed an attacking pair with Di Santo.
Soso has one more week to continue testing on his laboratory of the Sports City to choose the “9” of the formation that will take the field in the presentation of his era at the Boedo club.