The new Top 25 Mexican Players ranking is out and there has definitely been some movement in the rankings. Make sure you head over to FutMex Source to see the complete rankings. Keep reading if you want to see my rankings and thoughts on some of the players. Feel free to tell me how wrong I am in the comments below.
1. Andres Guardado was the catalyst for Mexico’s Gold Cup and seemed to keep the team together through a difficult tournament. He is one of the few Mexicans Abroad who can count on big time minutes and responsibility at their clubs. His club situation was settled last May and he signed a 3yr deal at PSV where he seems to be loving his professional and private life. Expect Guardado to wear he captain’s armband a few times for PSV this season.
2. Jonathan Dos Santos formed a great spine for Mexico with Guardado. His run of performances at the Gold Cup were what Mexico fans had been waiting for. Jona will surely miss his brother at Villarreal but the Barcelona product should be in store for a club season with even more minutes.
3. Jesus “Tecatito” Corona had a great Summer playing for Mexico at the Gold Cup and Copa America. He was a threat whenever he stepped on the field and got to start in the Gold Cup final. His stock has risen and he will be counted on to carry even more of the attacking load at his club, FC Twente. Tecatito had a great season for Twente last year and they will need an encore from him to try and fight for a Europa League spot.
5. Hector Herrera held the top spot for much of the rankings but his form was terrible during this summer. With a couple strong performances, he can easily make his way back to the top of the rankings. Porto are expected to replicate their Champions League success from a year ago and contend for the league title. If Porto hope to accomplish those goals, El Zorillo has to match his form from last season.
12. Raul Jimenez regained some sense of rhythm during the Copa America. Much needed minutes could come in a possible loan move to West Ham. If he ends up staying at Atletico Madrid this season, he might not see the field for months at a time in that loaded attacking group. West Ham is in need of some attacking power since Enner Valencia will be out for several months. A loan could be exactly what the Club America product needs.
18. Cubo Torres was in a different position just a year ago. Last August, he had just received his first senior team callup and Cubomania was in full swing. 2015 has treated him a little bit differently. He was sold to MLS but went on loan to Chivas through this Summer. Chepo used him sparingly and Cubo scored 5 goals in 15 matches. The bulk of those matches coming in Copa MX. His Chivas loan ended with him being accused of sexual assault. Although he was eventually cleared by the authorities, his arrival in MLS was delayed until the investigation concluded. Now with Houston, he must earn his way back into a crowded group of Mexican strikers.
19. Diego Reyes has been sent on loan and will now be club teammates with Carlos Vela. He still has the potential to be the heir apparent to Rafa Marquez but that potential needs to turn into production. He has not lived up to his +$7mil price tag but there is belief at Porto he can still make that a bargain purchase for them. His Gold Cup performance left much to be desired but then again, only a few players had good tournaments for Mexico. He was the youngest player on Mexico’s Olympic Gold Medal winning squad, and is still only 22.
21. Carlos Salcedo did not get on the field as much as many would have liked at Copa America. With Mexico in need of quality defenders, the hope is Salcedo can fill a centerback spot for years to come. Maza and Rafa are at the end of their national team careers and Mexico need to get younger and more athletic at the centerback position. Carlos can go a long way in earning more starts for El Tri with another strong season at Chivas.