According to reports, Pumas will loan five players to Venados FC of the Ascenso MX league for the upcoming 2017 Apertura.
Andres Iniestra and Omar Islas headline the loan deal, while Jorge Escamilla, Jose Antonio Medina, and Franco Faria round out the group.
Con toda la ilusión por iniciar esta nueva etapa. ⚽️✌🏼 pic.twitter.com/LZYZuDokBC
— Andrés Iniestra (@Loboiniestra) May 31, 2017
Inestra and Islas, both 21-years old, are bright prospects in the Pumas cantera. Both have earned some attention from the Mexican youth clubs, and have long been expected to break into the Pumas first team. All eyes will be on these two players as they look to adapt to the Ascenso league and gain some tougher experience in the more competitive league. Both Iniestra and Islas have featured for Pumas in the U20 and Segunda Division over the last couple years.
Escamilla, who is the brother of Kevin Escamilla, will join them in Merida. He has also earned some attention from the Mexican youth team ranks, and his Clausura was cut short due to injury in Week 11. He’ll use the loan spell to ease back into action.
Medina, 20, is coming off a one-year loan with Atlante that saw him feature in 20 total games, including eight starts and scoring one goal. In the 2015/16 season, Medina scored 12 goals in 34 games with Pumas U20s.
Faria, 24, rounds out the group. The Argentine was signed by Pumas after the start of the Clausura, and only featured in seven games (one start) and scored two goals. He has some talent, but the organization’s recent commitment to the academy and youth development, this was an odd name to see on the list in my opinion.
To be honest, I was hoping Iniestra and especially Islas would feature for the first team in the upcoming tournament, so that’s a slight disappointment for me personally. But on the flip side, I think the partnership with Venados is a huge win for Pumas. The U20 and Segunda Division do not offer the same competitiveness as the Ascenso, and this will give these players a real test to see if they ready for the next step.
What are your thoughts on the players loaned to Venados?