With the start of the season only days away, here are 5 Liga MX newcomers to keep an eye out for in the Clausura 2016.
1. Alvaro Navarro
Discovered in Ecuador's second tier by Botafogo, the Uruguayan netted 9 times for the Brazilian Serie B champions in only 15 appearances . With Luis Gabriel Rey's exit from Puebla, Navarro will be in charge of leading the line and scoring all the goals for La Franja. An all-out center forward, Navarro looks like a safe bet for goals if Puebla manage to replicate their 2015 Apertura success.
2. Brian Lozano
One of the brightest talents for Uruguay at the 2015 Pan American Games, Brian Lozano finds himself with his biggest challenge yet. The 21-year-old arrives to Club America after becoming a staple in Defensor Sporting's midfield and earning his first call-up for the senior national team. Described as a player able to perform on both flanks, he is also a great set-piece taker. Lozano has already showed his knack of scoring free-kicks in Las Aguilas' training ground.
3. Victor Vazquez
A regular at Club Brugge for the past few seasons, Victor Vazquez arrives to Cruz Azul with a big reputation behind him. Vazquez played through Barcelona's youth ranks and made more than 100 appearances for Barcelona B. Most recently, the attacking midfielder was voted Belgian Professional Footballer of the Year for the 2014-2015 season.
4. Maximiliano Moralez
Die-hard Mexico national team fans might remember Maximiliano Moralez from another episode of World Cup heartbreak against Argentina. At the 2007 U-20 World Cup, Moralez scored the winner from an Angel Di Maria pass to knock out Mexico in the quarter-finals. Nine years later, the tricky midfielder makes his way to Leon where he is expected to bring some extra width on the wing and an eye for notching assists
5. Lucas Zelarayan
Since making his debut for his boyhood club Belgrano de Cordoba, Lucas Zelarayan has been a fan favorite. A traditional No. 10, Zelarayan is known for his vision and dribbling skills. Tigres fans hope "El Chino" can emulate what past Argentine greats like Walter Gaitan and Lucas Lobos accomplished with the club. For now, Zelarayan has the approval of one Argentine legend in Juan Roman Riquelme.
Riquelme habla de Lucas Zelarayan https://t.co/4RekRxh7ZM— Meyer Auriazul (@Meyer_012) December 27, 2015