After the departure of Carlos Izquierdoz from Santos Laguna to Boca Juniors, Robert Dante Siboldi has an important task in his hands: choose the new team captain. Izquierdoz leaves behind big shoes to fill for anyone who is chosen to wear the captain’s armband. The two questions Siboldi has to ask himself before choosing the team captain is, to go with a player with career experience or club tenure?
The only player that has the most time spent at the club is left back, Javier Abella. Abella has been at the club since 2012 and has been a regular starter ever since. He does tend to struggle with his form from time to time, but eventually displays his best performances. There have been coaches such as Jose Manuel De La Torre and even Siboldi himself, who have preferred other players than Abella, but he ultimately proves why he has always been a regular starter for the club.
With four titles to his name and having played alongside two great captains such as Oswaldo Sanchez and Carlos Izquierdoz, Abella knows what it takes to be Santos’ new captain. Oswaldo led by command, while Izquierdoz led with action; Abella has great past experiences from two of Santos’ greatest captains of all time to be able to use one as his role model or be his own type of captain by combining both of their qualities into one. However, at 24 years old, many believe that Abella is still too young to be captain and the armband should go to someone with more experience.
The only player in the Santos squad with a long career behind them as well as multiple trophies won is goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco. Orozco has an undeniable record of being one of Mexico’s top goalkeepers, and one that has won multiple titles. What Orozco lacks in his short career with Santos he makes up for with his great leadership and experience. When he first arrived, he made it clear to the fans that he came to win titles. Within his first year and a half with Santos, he has already won that title with Santos he said he would win. This proves that he is a player who accomplishes what he says.
Aside from Abella and Orozco, the next person that may take up the armband is Osvaldo Martinez and possibly Diego de Buen. What’s more than certain is that the player that takes up the captain’s armband against Tigres in the Campeon de Campeones final is most likely to be the captain for the remainder of the season.
— ClubSantosLaguna (@ClubSantosEn) July 9, 2018