River and the lack of forwards: a deficit to attack in the market

It is surely another time to have serenity. Stopping the ball, not drawing quick conclusions letting yourself be carried away by the anger that generated a blow like the one on Wednesday for River, eliminated at the hands of Tigre and without football answers. Now, thinking about what is to come -and before ensuring the classification to the round of 16 of the Liberators through-, there is an item that stands out as a deficit: lack of variants up front.

That River needs more strikers is not new. Nor that having more area players does not necessarily mean more goals or a more offensive team: in fact, in this irregular semester were the frills those who shouted the most. Now, the truth is that the CARP will need to reinforce the position, even more than in January: with Julian Alvarez already sold to Manchester City and playing his last games at the club, Gallardo has no reliable variants in the squad.

Sure, Matias Suarez he is a top striker who, in good condition, is not only a starter but also fights to be the team’s MVP, but today the Cordovan cannot be counted as a permanent due to the physical difficulties that he has dragged on for a long time, especially after the surgical toilet to which he underwent last year on his right knee due to chronic synovitis, which brings logical muscular replicas like the one he has been suffering for ten days: in the run-up to the trip to Brazil to face Fortaleza, MS7 was discharged due to right soleus strain. The prognosis for the coaching staff, in that sense, must contemplate that Suárez will probably continue to have physical ups and downs from here on out.

Suarez, with physical ups and downs. (AFP)

The only tip available that the Doll has is also a separate case: it has been a long time since Brian Romero He is going through a downward performance curve and is further and further away from being the top numbers scorer he was in Defense. Beyond the fact that he is valued the sacrifice to pressure and annoy rival defenders, at 19 he shows low confidence, with a game that does not flow, solving with one or two times more than what the team asks for and of what he himself showed he can do in that start with key goals like the ones he scored against Argentinos Juniors in the Libertadores.

Thus, at times during the semester he was seen against the team and Gallardo seems to evaluate it accordingly: Of the 360 ​​minutes that River has been in the Copa Libertadores, BR only played the last 10′ of the 2-0 win over Fortaleza in Núñez.

Braian Romero, under confidence.  (River Press)

Braian Romero, under confidence. (River Press)

The other forward of the professional squad also represents an enigma due to the series of injuries in Reserve: Flabian Londono Bedoyawho these days is still recovering from a broken collarbone and has not yet made his debut in the First Division, It is still far from being a certainty for what the coach needs.

If to this scenario we add the low that he already had in that position, it will be even more apparent that the central objective of the next transfer market will be there: Girotti he went to Talleres, which bought 50% of his file; fountainwithout having been up to the task, went on loan to Defense; Auzki, another striker who was available in the summer, only trained for a few days, which were a stopover to emigrate to the Hungarian Ferencváros; Y Rollheiserwithout an agreement to renew his contract, is no longer part of the squad and will go free in June.

The names that already sounded to reinforce River’s forward

This being the case, River will have to go out to the market to find at least a couple of strikersbut you will have to adjust your sights a lot in your search: those who arrive will have to put on the shirt and surrender from the start as he did at the time Lucas Alario. El Pipa, perhaps the favorite of the people, for now has not given too many signs of wanting to turn around, but rather the opposite.

Alario, the people's favorite (AFP).

Alario, the people’s favorite (AFP).

For the rest, there does not seem to be much mystery around who will surely be the main target: Valentin Castellanos, again. Without having reached an agreement with the City Group in the summer, River’s urgencies are not the same now and that is why everything is given for the club to return to the charge even stronger for the man from Mendoza who plays for New York City in the MLS.

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Like in February his pass is still valued at 15 million dollars and, although the player has already said publicly that he is dying to use the Band (and was willing to give up money), the CG has as a priority to locate it in the European market. If a tempting offer from the Old Continent does not appear in the first days of the transfer window, River’s shares could rise.

Castellanos, little less than a market obsession (AP).

Castellanos, little less than a market obsession (AP).

An alternative that is at hand and that is more than probable is that of the return of Lucas Beltranon loan until December in Colón: the Cordovan, of a good level in the Sabalero, has a clause to stop your loan in the middle of the year without River having to compensate the Santa Fe club.

A name that could be a repeat offender in the search is also that of Ezekiel Bullaude: Godoy Cruz’s midfielder has been liked for a long time, although he is not a classic center forward. Another alternative as recurrent as it is difficult? Sebastian Driussiwho already wanted to return from Russia last year without success: today, he appears in Austin, it does not sound easy to think about his departure, but… Of course, there are other names that they like, such as Jose Manuel Lopez of Lanús and even in Colombia in the last hours the last name of Borgiacurrently in Junior.

Driussi, an old yearning...

Driussi, an old yearning…

The truth is that if this Thursday the CARP ensures its pass to the round of 16, the cannons will automatically start aiming to reinforce the lead. Of course, it will not be the only thing to touch: the very feasible exit of From the cross and the risk that a European heavyweight comes to pay the termination clause of Enzo Fernandez It will also invite you to look for players in the middle zone, with the always latent (and complicated) dreams of repatriating house products such as Manuel Lanzini or Roberto Pereyra.

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Anyway, the reinvention of the team must be on another scale, which goes beyond names. The lack of forwards is just one edge of a more general problem, which Gallardo has already solved dozens of times over these eight years. Play it again, Doll.

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