Going into the Liga MX Clausura 2014 season, Chivas de Guadalajara are under the obligation to win and play well after a disastrous Apertura 2013 season. Chivas find themselves hovering dangerously close to relegation zone trouble going into the Clausura. As a result, Chivas fans were hoping that Jorge Vergara would do the right thing and spend money to bring in quality veteran players who would steer the team now coached by Jose Luis Real away from relegation zone trouble.
After the internal transfer market closed on Wednesday night, Chivas fans have been left feeling underwhelmed as the players that have been brought in are nice pieces but do not inspire great confidence or feel like the necessary game-changers so desired and needed to help Chivas improve. The players that have come in are Omar Bravo, Israel Castro, Gerardo Rodgriguez, Jair Pereira, and youngsters Julio Gomez and Francisco Flores. The signing of Bravo gives Chivas another proven goal scorer while Castro, Rodriguez, and Pereira on paper fill the needs of bringing in defensive players and providing cover at the holding midfield position to better what was a leaky Chivas defense last season.
So if the players brought in are good, solid players then some might question why Chivas fans are feeling disappointed and created the Twitter hashtag Chivaton hoping the club would bring in quality players. The fact is that this is once again clearly the cheapness and unwillingness by Vergara to open up the checkbook and make the effort to sign better players. Let me highlight a few players that Chivas could have brought in had they made the effort to go out and sign to come play for the team.
The first is Carlos Salcido whom the club had reached agreement with on personal terms and all that was left was for them to negotiate with his club Tigres UANL to bring back a veteran defender who came up through its youth ranks. This deal never happened as Chivas refused to sit down and negotiate with Tigres. And as a result, no deal was reached and it left Chivas and Salcido with egg on their faces. While Rodgriguez and Pereira are nice defenders, Chivas could have brought in Ivan Estrada, who was last with Pachuca, and young defender Hugo Rodriguez from Tigres, who they wanted to sign when he was still playing for Atlas.
Julio Gomez is a young prospect who is best known for the goal he scored in an epic semifinal game during the FIFA U-17 World Cup back in 2011 which led to him being nicknamed ‘La Momia’ (The Mummy) for his head bandage he had on. Gomez could turn out to be the playmaker Chivas need in the midfield, but at this time a player like Isaac Brizuela who plays for Toluca could have been had to fill that role and has already proven himself. In addition, he was more than willing to go play with Chivas. While the hope for all Chivas fans is that the players brought in do produce, it is easy to see why it feels like they have been letdown given what lies ahead for the club in the next six months.