Midfielder Jose Juan Vazquez will try to recapture his form as he’ll get a second opportunity with Guadalajara.
The Clausura 2020 is right around the corner, player acquisitions are moving fast and furious, and the Chivas have wasted no time rebuilding their roster after an inconsistent Apertura 2019 that saw them miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season.
Along with winger Uriel Antuna and right back Jose Madueña, new general manager Ricardo Pelaez has brought in defensive midfielder Jose Juan “Gallito” Vazquez who makes his return to Chivas after playing less than 170 minutes in the Apertura 2019. Vazquez, a high caliber player, was a member of Mexico’s 2014 World Cup team. He certainly does not deserve to warm the bench and that is why making his return to Chivas will make sense under Luis Fernando Tena’s tactics.
Vazquez played a little over a year with Chivas from 2016 and 2017 where he was a fundamental contributor on the Clausura 2017 Chivas team that won a double under Matias Almeyda.
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Shortly thereafter, Vazquez was sold to Santos and he played a key role as the Guerreros won the Clausura 2018 title. Vazquez – who also won back-to-back titles as the midfield linchpin for Leon in 2014 – appeared set to continue as a fundamental player for Santos. But once Guillermo Almada took over the team, Vazquez saw his playing time reduced and his appearances were limited to that of a late defensive replacement.
Reports suggest that the Chivas will complete a swap deal with Santos for “Gallito,” as they would send defender Jose Carlos Van Rankin and midfielder Alan Cervantes to the Guerreros in a two-for-one deal.
The Chivas should have a competitive team for the Clausura 2020 where they could finally reach the Liguilla for the first time since winning it all in May 2017.