Higuain will be called up for remaining WC qualifiers

According to Ole, Gonzalo Higuain will finally receive a call up from Maradona and it will be for the last two WQ qualifiers.

Due to Argentina’s goal scoring problems, poor performances in the WC qualifiers and possibly the rumored intervention by Grondona in demanding the Higuain call up, Maradona can no longer justify excluding Higuain from the national team.

Now what?

Will Maradona leave Higuain out of the starting lineup like he did with Lisandro Lopez?

Will Maradona continue to insist with Tevez or Aguero as Messi’s partner’s upfront?

As we all know, with Maradona anything is possible but I would think that with the stakes being so high in the final two games he will no longer go with players that’ve played so poorly and been huge disappointments like Tevez and Aguero.

It would be ridiculous and senseless for Maradona to bring Pipita to the national team and leave him on the bench against Peru and Uruguay.

That said, I think the call up has happened because Maradona has been pressured into it and not so much because of Maradona’s admiration for Higuain.

Maradona has been saying all along, until now, that it was not Higuain’s time yet to be called up to the national team.

With two WC qualifiers left and the WC qualifying campaign on the line, Now is the time for Higuain to be called up?

I really believe that because of Argentina’s place in the standings and Maradona’s dreadful performance as manager that he no longer has complete control over decision making and is no longer in a position to make demands and bargain. I think a power play was made by Grondona and Maradona had no choice but to cave in on the Higuain call up.

But regardless of why Higuain was called up, he is without a doubt deserving of it and it is now up to him to respond to the many fans and segments of the Argentine media that have been campaining for his call up.

Respond with goals.

Pipita will be under even more pressure than all the other forwards that’ve been in the lineup like Tevez, Aguero, Milito, Palermo, Lavezzi.

Because of the support for his call up.

Because there is no longer any margin of error left for Argentina.

Because Argentina needs to score goals, because Argentina needs a forward to score goals.

Because Argentina must win against Peru and Uruguay.

Because many fans and people in the Argentine media look at Pipita as the goal scoring savior that Argentina needs.

Higuain will arrive to the national team in an enormously pressure packed environment and he will of course need help on the field but at least his time has finally come with the Argentina shirt.

Diego citará al Pipita para las finales con Perú y Uruguay. El punta del Madrid aún no recibió el llamado que el viernes será oficial. No es un 9 pero hace goles.

Marcelo Sottile | msottile@ole.com.ar

Diego Maradona siempre decía que aún no era el momento de Gonzalo Higuaín en la Selección. Aunque la reiteración de goles en el Real Madrid se transformaba en una presión para el entrenador, no cedía.

Higuaín no es centrodelantero, no juega de 9 de área, aunque se puede mover por todo el frente de ataque, arrancar por izquierda o por derecha y, fundamentalmente, tiene gol. En el Madrid ha jugado mucho en un 4-2-3-1 que por las características de sus jugadores puede mutar a 4-2-2-2. Sabe estar en la línea detrás del punta, ser el segundo delantero y, llegado el caso, el jugador más adelantado. Con sólo 21 años (el 10 de diciembre cumple 22) llegó a la cifra de 49 goles en 139 partidos jugados con la camiseta de los galácticos.

El único contacto con Maradona -a esta hora por lo menos- fue en la escala previa de la Selección para llegar a Rusia, el amistoso de agosto.

En Madrid hubo un diálogo corto y casual, en el que Diego le preguntó cómo andaba a Higuaín. Aún no le adelantó que será convocado por primera vez a la Selección mayor (estuvo en un Sub 23 con Checho Batista).

Higuaín era un jugador reclamado por parte de los hinchas y no sólo por su identificación con River, donde apenas jugó 41 partidos, sino por salir en todos los compactos que llegaban de la Liga.

Sus ausencias reiteradas provocaron un tsunami de rumores, al punto que hace un tiempo el propio Gabriel Heinze desmintió en una radio española que hubiera un problema de vestuario con Higuaín.

Habló el Gringo, declaró que no le armaba las convocatorias a Maradona, aunque el foco estaba direccionado más a Fernando Gago, quien sería uno de los borrados por el DT. De todos modos, esta decisión se tomó antes de la confirmación del Pipita.

“Que Diego sepa que me voy a matar por la camiseta de la Selección”, declaraba Gonzalo en Olé antes de empezar la temporada con el Madrid de Manuel Pellegrini.

Hoy juega por la Liga contra el Villarreal en el Madrigal y, según anuncia el diario Marca en su tapa, el argentino será titular dejando en el banco al histórico Raúl.

Se nota que ya es su momento. La sorpresa de Diego. Gozalo, Higuaín.

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5 Responses to Higuain will be called up for remaining WC qualifiers

  1. chris says:

    thank you GOD !!!!
    great article Pintadoazul,i agree with you 100% on this, i have great faith in pipita that he’s gonna score in these last two games, to show diego he was wrong all along for not calling him up sooner. I really do hope he scores, otherwise i think diego is gonna point the finger at grondona and say, “i told you so”, to eliviate some presure off of himself.
    Seriously, everytime i see diego now, my stomach turns more now, i use to love the guy, but i feel like im beginning to hate the guy, it just piss’s me off how he’s so nonchalant about the whole situation, and the nerve of him to leave the country for 1 week to relax and lose weight, i think thats BS, and grondona should have fired him on the spot.
    but then again, its grondona and Diego, and we all know how much of a mafia there is in la AFA.
    I pray Higuain and the rest of the fellas do great, and for HIguain to score many goals !
    great article again pintadozul.

  2. Humbird says:

    All we have left is hope!

  3. pintadoazulblanco says:

    I hope they come through too. Thanks Chris.

  4. Lu says:

    Es hermosoooo HIGUIN, por Dioss!!!!!

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