Here is part 1 of our Mexican players abroad season review.
Captain Andres Guadardo had his best domestic season while playing at PSV on loan from Valencia. Guadardo was the heartbeat in a PSV side that dominated the Eredivise from start to finish, resulting in winning the League title by 17 points of second place Ajax. Guadardo at 28, was the oldest starter for PSV throughout the season, and his leadership and experience on the pitch was a main factor in PSV winning their first league title in seven years. Guadardo was rewarded for his performances as he won the award for player of the season of the entire league.
The fans appreciation of Guadardo was a symbol of his top class performances throughout the season. The fans gave Guadardo the name ‘The Golden Eagle’ and honored him with a Mexican flag mosaic before a game against Groningen. Guadardo had his most consistent season as a player and was gaining admiration from top clubs around Europe, however, Guadardo made his loan move to PSV permanent signing a three year contact. Guadardo will be hoping to retain this level of consistency and help PSV push towards more domestic titles and a good European run in the Champions League in the 2015/2016 campaign.
The Mexican winger had an average season overall for Real Sociedad in La Liga. Vela appeared 32 times for David Moyes’ side and scored 9 goals while providing the assist for 4 goals which lead Real Sociedad to a rather underwhelming 12th place finish a La Liga. Vela suffered a meniscus tear in February and was side-lined for a couple of months. Vela has been rumoured to be interested in leaving Real Sociedad with potentially a move back to the Premier League as an option.
A disappointing season for the former Americanista, who only made 6 starts for Atletico Madrid in all competitions. Only playing 1083 minutes all season, the majority coming from the bench, Jimenez managed to score only one goal. Diego Simone has been full of praise for Jimenez, but he has had a hard time getting in the team due to the attacking options Atletico have in the squad.
Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona
A breakout year for Tecatito in European football, a bright spark for FC Twente in the Eredivise throughout the 14/15 season. The tricky winger was one of very few positives for FC Twente who had a poor season finishing in 10th place. Despite being handed a place in the Europa League through the fair play league, Twente have said they will refuse entry into the competition due to the financial situation of the club.
Tecatito made 27 appearances in the campaign, scoring 7 goals and providing 4 assists. This has resulted in him receiving plenty attention from clubs around Europe such as Southampton and league champions PSV. It seems likely that Tecatito will be moving on from Twente, especially considering the financial stance of the club where they may need to sell their best assets.
Hopefully, he can continue his form in another club and become a better player, establishing himself as one of El Tri’s best. Tecatito will be in both the Gold Cup and Copa America squads for El Tri in the summer and will be using these competitions as a platform to attract top clubs from Europe to make a move for him.
Jonathan Dos Santos
Finally after all the years of lack of playing time at Barcelona, Jonathan made his move to Villarreal and has thrived under Marcelino. Appearing 42 times for the Yellow Submarine, he managed to score three goals and get two assists. Jonathan’s versatility as a player was an important factor in his success this season, earning the trust of the manager as he was able to undertake numerous positions in the team throughout the season; mainly shifting from central midfield to the right hand side. Jonathan has stated the position he enjoys the most is in the central midfield role and will be aiming to make that role his in the team next year.
Giovani Dos Santos
Giovani failed to cement his place in the Villarreal starting team due to various injuries throughout the season and also due to the emergence of 21 year old Argentinian striker Luciano Vietto. Despite his really good performances in the Europe League for Villarreal, Gio was unable to reflect that form in the domestic competitions as he only managed to score one goal in La Liga. Gio will be hoping to put this season behind him and kick on next campaign as Villarreal will be once again competing in the Europa league.
Mexican defender Hector Moreno missed the first half of the season due to a tibia fracture and was out of action till December. Once he returned to the squad, he was struggling to gain full fitness back and continued to be on the bench for Espanyol.
However, once he returned to full fitness in January he quickly got back in the mix and was back in the starting eleven for the La Liga side. Moreno was an important player for Espanyol as they kept 8 clean sheets in 18 games, helping Espanyol finish in a respectable 10th place finish and also reach the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey.