At times when you listen to fans of the Mexican first division (Liga MX), you would think that unless its Chivas de Guadalajara young players are not being given a chance to play and breakthrough into their respective first teams or there are not many young talented Mexican players plying their trade inside the first division. As recent success at the FIFA U-17 World Cups and winning a Gold Medal at the 2012 London Olympics have demonstrated, however, there is a sizable crop of young Mexican players in the Liga MX.
Looking ahead to the start of the Claurura 2014 season one player in particular who has been breaking through in the last year plus and looks poised to continue getting better is Toluca attacking midfielder Isaac Brizuela. Brizuela was an integral part of a Toluca team that advanced into the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League and were semifinalists in the past Apertura 2013 playoffs. In the 15 non-league playoff games that Brizuela played, he scored three goals and had a direct assist on three others.
Brizuela has been making a name for himself with his fantastic performances for Atlas in the first part of the year and then with his parent club Toluca while also having already played three games for the Mexican National Team. It could be argued that he has already broken through given that there are players like Tigres UANL forward Alan Pulido and Leon duo Juan Jose Vasquez and Edwin Hernandez who fit the bill a bit better than Brizuela at this point of being a breakout young Mexican player in the Liga MX.
The reason that Brizuela is the young Mexican player to watch and follow during the Liga MX Clausura 2014 season is threefold. First and foremost, Brizuela will be a key player for a Toluca team that will have a lot to play for on the domestic front and on the confidential front with a very solid team where he has developed into one of the most important players. One need to look no further than Toluca’s play during their semifinal tie against Club America to understand how well he played or did not play factored into their elimination.
Aside from his growing importance for Toluca, Brizuela is a player starting to place himself on that list of potential Mexican players who are either being scouted and or are potential targets for a team in Europe. Brizuela’s versatility to play equally at ease either on the wing or in a central position helps his chances of making the leap to Europe. Plus he is maturing as a player so this is another plus in his favor.
Finally, with Mexico playing in the World Cup, Brizuela is a player who through performance can and very likely will force his way into Miguel Herrera‘s squad. Given he plays in a role and position where if Carlos Vela continues to be a diva and refuses to play for his country, he could benefit from sharing similar playing characteristics. One of the best parts of watching futbol is following and watching young players mature and become great talents. Isaac Brizuela is one of those, and he is the most intriguing young Mexican player to watch in the upcoming Clausura 2014.