The serious injury of Gabriel Arias, this Monday operated on for the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, changed Fernando Gago’s plans. The Racing coach had asked for at least one outfield player per line, but now he considers it necessary to reinforce the arc because Gabi will miss almost the entire first half of 2022. And he has already pointed to two names for the club to try to incorporate one: Fernando Monetti and José Devecchi.
According to Olé, Pintita called the first (32 years old), who was released from San Lorenzo in the middle of this year and also had steps through Gimnasia, Lanús and Atlético Nacional de Medellín. Devecchi, 26, is a starter at Aldosivi and Gago knows him very well because he managed it at that club before landing at the Academy. This goalkeeper participated in the South American Sub 20 Tournament in 2015 and in the World Cup of that category that same year, while in San Lorenzo he saved 19 times. That same amount reached in 2020 in the Audax Italiano de Chile. In both cases, they are goalkeepers with good foot technique, something key for Gago due to his idea of starting from the bottom.
Monetti received a call from Gago. (Photo by Buda Mendes / POOL / AFP)
In principle, the intention of the leadership was not to hire a new goalkeeper in spite of the imponderable of Arias, but now it will be necessary to see if they modify the opinion by the desire of Pintita. The coach left doubts Gastón Gómez for his last two weak presentations and for that reason he required one more man for the three suits.
THE ARQUERO PROFILE THAT RACING NEEDS
Beyond the unknown about what will happen, if in fact another goalkeeper comes up, he will have to accept that in the middle of next year he will go to the bench for the return of Arias, at least to fight for second place with Chila. Today the replacement for Gómez is Matías Tagliamonte and there are three youth players who alternate with the two of them: Roberto León (starter in the Reserve), Sergio Daniel Juárez and Francisco Gómez. These last two also belong to the team led by Mauro Gerk.
José Devecchi is a starter at Aldosivi. Gago has already directed him at that club. Photo (Aldosivi Press).
THE ACADEMY WILL BUY TAGLIAMONTE
For now, from Racing they have already informed Atlético Rafaela that they will make use of the purchase option of $ 300,000 for half of the Tagliamonte pass, whose loan in the Academy expires in June of next year.