Scouting Time: Cristian Medina
In this series, we take a look at some of the most interesting young talents in the world of football. Next up is Boca Juniors’ 19-year old box-to-box midfielder Cristian Medina.
An underwhelming first half of 2021 for Boca Juniors saw the Xeneize fall at the semi-final hurdle in Argentina’s Copa De La Liga and progress somewhat unconvincingly behind Barcelona from their Copa Libertadores group. The overdue need for reinforcements in the market is clear and yet there were reasons for optimism for manager Miguel Ángel Russo provided most notably from Boca’s academy products.
None more so than 19-year-old Cristian Medina, who at a time when Boca’s midfield was looking sluggish and devoid of energy, provided a much-needed shot in the arm.
The Argentina under-17 and Boca youth team star had long been talked about as a player of enormous potential but had to wait until February of this year for his senior debut in the blue and gold.
That 27-minute cameo against Gimnasia gave a glimpse of Medina’s quality with the teenager immediately comfortable at La Bombonera, completing 17 of his 18 passes.
Those impressive passing stats have barely dropped since and after 18 games this season between the Copa De La Liga and the Copa Libertadores, Medina has maintained a pass completion of above 90%.
The success rate understandably drops when Medina is passing over long distances (66.7%) or into the final third (78.3%) but the teenager has shown a decent range and intelligence in keeping possession and finding space.
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