Dennis te Kloese has been at the helm less than six weeks and the hire is already paying off significant dividends.
The LA Times’ Kevin Baxter has revealed the club are close to a loan move for Manchester City winger Uriel Antuna, news that was also confirmed by ESPN reporter Tom Marshall. A former youth international with El Tri, it is believed the LA Galaxy general manager’s connection to Mexican football helped facilitate the move.
.@LAGalaxy close to a deal that would bring 21-yr-old Mexican MF Uriel Antuna to the team on a loan from Manchester City. The Dennis te Kloese Mexican correction strikes. Team is also near a deal w/ Diego Polento, an outside back from Uruguay. That's the Schelotto connection— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) January 18, 2019
A loan agreement for Antuna could be greatly beneficial for both parties. The Galaxy lack quick, direct pace in the midfield and are short of cash.
Conversely, the 21-year old attacking winger has talent but is struggling mightily for playing time in the Eredivisie with FC Groningen. Antuna has only logged 305 minutes for Groningen this season, and with the exception of a brief substitute appearance the Mexican hasn’t seen first-team action since October, so you have to imagine he would bite at the chance to get out of a dead-end situation.
This looks like a win-win situation. As always, we’ll keep you updated.