Once the arrival of Edwin Cardona was agreed as the star reinforcement, in Racing they began to lower the blind to the possibility of landing a center-forward. During the week, the leaders began inquiries into the situation of Ramón Ábila, the attacker that Boca will surely give up on loan again because it is not in Sebastián Battaglia’s plans. However, those intentions quickly faded for a compelling reason: Fernando Gago lowered Wanchope’s thumb. And not only that, but he also let the managers know that he does not need a 9 more because he trusts Javier Correa and Enzo Copetti.
As they told Olé, Pintita believes that Cardona’s creative flow can give the team the football that it lacked in 2021 and empower the attackers who were not up to the task in the recent year. In addition, the technician will surely continue to use a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3, with which he will only put a 9. And if a third comes, he will be overpopulating the area. “Even Hauche could go downtown at some point in an emergency,” someone who spoke to the technician told this newspaper, although the Demon’s fort was always seen from the sides.
Fernando Gago is looking forward to Cardona.
CHICHE ARANO TALKED TO WANCHOPE ABOUT THEIR CLOSE RELATIONSHIP
Beyond Pintita’s decision, the club had sent Carlos Arano, a nexus between amateur football and the Primera, to speak with Ábila, whom he has been close friends with since they played together in Huracán (2013-2015). In one of the last meetings, however, the coach stated that he was comfortable with Correa, aligned with the thoughts of Rubén Capria, the soccer advisor who also rejected Wanchope’s option.
At the time, Gago said that, in case another 9 arrived, he looked favorably on Reniero. Although Nico is on loan in Argentinos, a clause would allow Racing to recover him in this market if he returned 80,000 of the 180,000 that the Bug paid him for the position. But this possibility did not take shape either.
Obviously, a sector of the leadership does not agree with the idea of DT and they would like to add another center attacker because they consider the arrival of a more senior player in the position important so that Racing can take better advantage of Edwin’s assistance capacity. In fact, that’s why they groped Ábila through Chiche. Also, against Wanchope, this one would not fit in the style of being a net reference of area. The DT is inclined towards those who can be delayed to meet with the steering wheels and generate play. Neither Correa and Copetti are virtuous with the ball …
THE PRESENCE OF ÁBILA WAS NOT GOOD IN THE MLS
Overweight, Wanchope trains at Xeneize after a stint in MLS without being able to assert himself as a starter. In DC United he played 12 games (none of them start) and scored three goals. Prior to that, in Minnesota he played 10 (one start) and converted in two opportunities.
Gabriel Hauche was the first reinforcement to join the Racing squad. Photo: @RacingClub
Anyway, after what was raised by Gago, the club authorities gave up -at least today- to continue with negotiations for a center forward. Now it remains to know if Racing will arrive a central midfielder (Santiago Cáseres fell), a winger (perhaps Montecinos) and a defender. Today the reinforcements that work with the squad are Gabriel Hauche and Facundo Mura, winger on the right.