In addition to Yerry Mina or Davinson Sánchez, who will likely be in the qualifiers for Qatar 2022, there are several young talents that are in the spotlight to represent the country
With sadness and dismay, the Colombia National Team had to bid farewell to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, there is also peace of mind because of the players' base with which the next orbital event will be held, which will be in Qatar within four years. The current World Cup was the first for Yerry Mina, Davinson Sánchez, Johan Mojica, Wilmar Barrios and Mateus Uribe, who ended up winning a place among the holders of José Néstor Pékerman.
These men lead the list of referents that will possibly be in the qualifying round for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, along with the already consecrated Santiago Arias, James Rodríguez, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Carlos Sanchez and David Ospina.
However, there are other young talents that Pékerman did not take into account and who ask for clues for the immediate future. According to the newspaper AS Colombia, one of them is Juan Camilo Hernández, also known as El Cucho, who was a scorer in the Spanish second division with Huesca scoring 16 goals that allowed the club to move forward to the League.
Speaking of strikers, AS Colombia also mentions Alfredo Morelos, a player who earned a place in Europe with his brilliant season in the Rangers of the Scottish League. On the other hand, highlighting a '10' that could serve as a company of James Rodríguez or Juan Fernando Quintero appears the name of Nicolás Benedetti, a player who has been standing out for a long time at Deportivo Cali.
On the other hand, El Espectador puts Iván Arboleda, Geovanni Banguera and Álvaro Montero in the orbit, as they would be the ideal replacement for David Ospina in the Tricolor goal-frame, taking into account that Ospina also would not have guaranteed his presence in the next World Cup, which would reach with 34 years. The same media emphasizes the position of defense, mentioning players who have already established themselves in national and international soccer and would be ready to lend a hand in the current selection. They are Francisco Meza, Felipe Aguilar, Deiver Machado, Jeison Murillo, Luis Manuel Orejuela, among others.
Meanwhile, El Tiempo reports that it is of the utmost importance that the Colombian Soccer Federation (FCF, by its acronym in Spanish) defines quickly the continuity or not of Pékerman, based on the plans for the friendly game against Venezuela in September and the subsequent Copa América Brasil 2019.
According to RCN News, it is a complete unknown if the Argentine strategist will continue to command the whole country. Unofficially, it has been said that he will sit down to talk with the FCF and there the next step will be defined. Finally, of the 23 players that went to Russia, there is one that surely will not be in Qatar 2022 if Colombia qualifies: the goalscorer Radamel Falcao García. At 32 years of age, Falcao seems to be near the end of his sports career, although the future can trace completely different paths.
LatinAmerican Post | Yeison Fajardo Bohórquez
Translated from "Qatar 2022: Estos son los jóvenes que pueden hacer parte de la Selección Colombia"