Carlos Carmona is gone, and I definitely did not worry about this over the weekend while I impulsively looked at Argentinian central midfielders in Football Manager. Why do you ask? You asked, right? Well anyway, here are 5 players that have a higher “current ability” (collective total of all ratings) than Carmona and seem like they could be gettable (especially on a Josef Martinez-ish loan-to-buy deal) for Atlanta United.
As a reference point, here is Carmona’s profile:
Gaston Brugman - Pescara - 24 years old
Brugman looks nice, but he’s not the same type of player as Carmona. He’s more technical, less defensive minded, and looks to dictate the game from his deep lying position. Still though, he looks like he has the physicality to hold his weight in the middle.
Ivan Marcone - Lanus - 27 years old
Pure hard man. This guy will *** you up if you step into his zone. This my be one of my favorite possible replacements. He’s a former teammate of Miguel Almiron, and he would provide an experienced head in the middle of midfield.
Francisco Cerro - Rayo Vallecano - 29 years old
Cerro is interesting because he may be the most like-for-like with Carmona of anyone in this group. A smart, experienced player who will be 30 by the time the season starts, just like Carmona. Fun fact, Cerro has one career cap for Argentina.
Damian Musto - Tijuana - 30 years old
Another experienced player here, and maybe the most intriguing part about this one is the club he plays for — Tijuana. Atlanta has previous dealings with the club for the loan and subsequent sale of Greg Garza. The club is reportedly in a significant amount of debt, so a deal could be on the cards here.
Federico Lertora - Belgrano - 27 years old
Agaom, another all-action central midfielder who seems like the type that, if called up by Tata, would be packing his bags before he even hung up the phone. He’s toiled around some of the smaller Primera sides in Argnetina, and could be looking to make a move.
So there you have it, 10 players in total (including our last edition on this same topic) for Atlanta United to choose from.
And then of course there’s this.
Oh, you say you need a defensive midfielder, huh? pic.twitter.com/8UE1mnexzm— Rob Usry (@RobUsry) January 27, 2018
Dear god, please no!