Scouting Report (VoetbaI International, April 2018)
Diego Lainez, the Robben-like dribbler who gives hope to Mexico
’s best player during the Under-17 World Cup in October 2017. Diego Lainez has been hot in Mexico since he was a sixteen-year-old from a year ago nothing was launched. The attacker is an Arjen Robben-like appearance that hurts the opponent with the ball at the foot. The left-footed dribbler was admitted as a twelve-year-old in the youth academy of Club América and made from the Under-17 of the club in one go the step to the pros.
The third youngest debutant ever by Club América, the seventh youngest debutant in the Mexican league and the second in this century born footballer with minutes at the highest level. Diego Lainez trained for several weeks with the first team when trainer Ricardo La Volpe threw him in the cup match with Santos Laguna as sixteen-year-old for the lions. Striking was the self-confidence with which he claimed the ball and took action. Three days later he got another chance in the league game against León. This time, La Volpe, one of Pep Guardiola’s trainers’ examples, brought him in after a break.
Diego Lainez, as a dribbler, is causing great excitement in Mexico. Dribble, fast in the small room and lots of ball feeling. Lainez is an old-fashioned soloist who seeks out opponents, passes easily and often changes direction. In Mexico he is regularly mentioned in the same breath with Lionel Messi because of his movement rhythm. Lainez is feathery, but difficult to get rid of, because he knows how to change direction with small taps. The excitement about the talent is understandable, but comparisons with the best footballer in the world are dangerous. Lainez is potentially one of the new top players from Mexico. He has qualities that trainers like to see in the deciding zone of the field. He will therefore have to focus on his return: goals and assists and no actions to the actions.
Diego Lainez (Club America)
Position: (Wing) striker
Length: 1.67 meter
Date of birth: 9 June 2000
First team debut: 1 March 2017 (at 16 years of age)
Potential estimated in April 2018: 4/5 (World Class)
Source: Voetbal International
Note: Diego Lainez has now played two A-teams for Mexico and in December he became Mexican champion with Club América. He usually plays at his club as left winger – that is his best position. But with his qualities he can also be used as a right winger and an attacking midfielder.