Peruvian National Team: Jesús Castillo, from revelation in League 1 to novelty in the call | Sporting Cristal

Less than two years later since he appeared at a professional level, he received his first call from the Peruvian National Team. Midfielder Jesus Castillo It is the main novelty in the call for the ‘bicolor’ for the friendlies against Panama and Jamaica, which will be prior to the return of activity in the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers.

As they are matches scheduled outside the FIFA international window, Ricardo Gareca cited footballers who play in League 1, the Sporting Cristal player being the one who will work with the senior team for the first time.

Jesus Castillo debuted on the first date of League 1 2022 when coach Manuel Barreto used an alternative team against UTC in Cajamarca. That season he had 19 appearances, although he only completed 90 minutes in two more games.

The 20-year-old midfielder’s consolidation in the Rimense squad occurred in the recent campaign. Roberto Mosquera opted to offer him greater continuity, being, in principle, an alternative to Martín Távara at the core.

Jesús Castillo, the revelation of League 1

Standing out for its physical characteristics (1.85 m) and deployment to cut and integrate into the Sporting Cristal game circuit (84% in passing effectiveness in the campaign), Jesus Castillo He appeared frequently in the sky blue lineups, becoming the fifth player with the most minutes in League 1 this season and the second in the midfield, only surpassed by Horacio Calcaterra.

From a season of consolidation at the local level, which earned him to be recognized as the best Under 20 footballer in the tournament, Castillo will arrive at La Videna with the satisfaction of being part of the universe of eligible Ricardo Gareca.

In the friendlies against Panama and Jamaica, where there will be no regular elements such as Renato Tapia, Pedro Aquino or Wilder Cartagena, and still processing to have Sergio Peña and Yoshimar Yotún, Jesus Castillo It is seen before the clear possibility of being located in the midfield of Peru, an opportunity not to miss.


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