With most of the leagues postponed across the world, Liga MX is still in action and that gives Newcastle United a chance to scout players in the top Mexican league.
As you know by now, Newcastle United and the Premier League are currently in a postponement of matches until at least April 4th. Unfortunately for soccer fans, there are no a lot of leagues that are still in action. But, one of those few leagues is Liga MX, the Mexican top league.
The overall talent is very comparable to Major League Soccer, where Newcastle got Miguel Almiron from. Could the Magpies find another quality player from North America? We look at some of the intriguing players in Liga MX.
Jose Juan Macias
As we know, Newcastle United are struggling for goals up top. Because of that, it makes sense for the top player here to be a striker. At 20 years old, Chivas’ Jose Juan Macias is a rising star in Liga MX. He was the leading scorer in 2019 and in 40 total matches on loan with Leon, he scored 19 goals and registered two assists.
In only five caps for the Mexican national team, he has four tallies to his name. While he wouldn’t be expected to step into the starting striker position like Joelinton did this season, Macias could be a quality investment for the future.
Newcastle United could turn to a former Manchester City U-23 player in Macias’ teammate, Uriel Antuna. Comfortable on either wing, he scored six goals and assisted on six more in 2019, his only season on loan with LA Galaxy in MLS. He has one assist in eight matches this season. He’s also made a quality impact with El Tri, scoring seven times in 13 matches.
Only 23 years old, Orbelin Pineda is a veteran in Liga MX. While his numbers won’t blow you away, he is a very skilled dribbler and is a durable player. Playing in the central midfield for Cruz Azul, his aggressiveness and skillset would change the entire dynamic for the Magpies, who mostly tout slower, passing or defensive specialists.