Teen striker Santiago MuÃ±oz finally made his wish come true while Santos Laguna has entered into an 18-month loan deal with Newcastle which overtakes Magpies fans.
El Paso, Texas, native made his La Liga MX debut less than a year ago (October 25, 2020), but quickly became a regular part of Guillermo Almada’s rotation last season. At 18 (MuÃ±oz turned 19 on August 14), the agile striker scored 3 goals and had 3 assists in 11 starts, helping the Guerreros reach the La Liga MX final where they lost to Cruz Azul.
MuÃ±oz has not made an appearance with the Guerreros this season as he pushed for a move to Europe (there have been reports of interest from Belgium where his compatriot Santos alum Gerardo Arteaga plays for Genk). In fact, coach Almada sent him to the academy squad during training camp after determining that MuÃ±oz “was not focused on football”.
Join the Geordies
The protagonist of the film is a young Mexican named Santiago Munez who signs with Newcastle United and helps them qualify for the UEFA Champions League in his first season.
The real story won’t play out that way as MuÃ±oz will join the Newcastle academy squad as the Magpies fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
MuÃ±oz follows JJ MacÃas moving from La Liga MX to Europe this summer, and in a comparable way. MacÃas effectively forced his move to Getafe in Spain after being criticized that his desire to play abroad affected his performance. The difference, however, is that the former Chivas player would have sulked for an entire season so Guadalajara players would have been relieved when he left.
In other news from La Liga MX …
AmÃ©rica has suspended the sale of NicolÃ¡s Benedetti to MazatlÃ¡n FC as club officials rush to fill the remaining âforeignâ spots. La Liga MX regulations allow 10 âforeignersâ on each team’s matchday list.
One of America’s âforeignâ spots opened last week when Ecuadorian winger Renato Ibarra suffered a season-ending injury. Benedetti is a Colombian, so the Aguilas would have two vacant ‘foreign’ spots if the midfielder playmaker was traded.
The Aguilas were in talks with an anonymous target (a Spanish winger), but the deal fell through when his wife rejected the idea of ââmoving to Mexico. A second transfer target in Spain – Venezuelan winger Darwin MachÃs (Granada) – is treating an injury that put the deal in limbo.
If America is unable to finalize a transfer, Benedetti will stay with the Aguilas.
It would be a tough turn for MazatlÃ¡n as he hoped “El Poeta” would help lead the CaÃ±oneros to the La Liga MX qualifiers. Benedetti is a smart playmaker who could have helped spark MazatlÃ¡n’s attack, despite being injury prone since joining La Liga MX in January 2019.