Cesar Menacho – Blooming

Player profile:

  • Name: Cesar Menacho
  • Date of birth: 09-08-1999
  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Bolivia
  • Position: striker
  • Other positions: right-winger
  • Strong foot: right
  • Club: Blooming Santa Cruz

Cesar Menacho is a 20-year-old striker that plays for Blooming Santa Cruz and was part of the under 23 squad of Bolivia at the Pre-Olimpico as well. He did not play a single minute at the tournament, but he has conquered a place in the starting line-up of Blooming Santa Cruz recently. Menacho can also play as a right-winger.

Attacking

Cesar Menacho likes to stay forward in defense and positions himself quite high up the pitch. In transition from defending to attacking, he therefore stays forward and he sometimes provides an option down the wing. Most of the times he stays centrally though.

As a striker, he likes to make runs in-behind. He does this very well, as he does not get flagged for offside often and he can be dangerous by making these runs. He times the runs well and he can utilize his pace, acceleration and good dribbling ability.

Sometimes, he makes a run in-behind when it is better to come short to provide a passing option for a teammate, which is needed sometimes. He needs to come short more often as he has the ability to being useful in the build-up.

As a right-winger, he either comes short to receive the pass or he makes a run in-behind to use his good pace and acceleration to create a chance for himself or a teammate. He is a decent crosser and is able to pick out the right pass.

When Blooming attack down the wing and cross the ball into the box, Cesar Menacho comes in front of his opponent and likes to run to the front post. This is something he does consequently, he makes a dummy run to the far post and then comes inside to the front post. He is able to head the ball very well.

Before he receives the ball, he does not look behind him and he therefore does not know what happens in his back. However, it seems like he does know when his opponent puts pressure on him as he always uses his body to shield the ball and stay in possession.

Blooming often play long passes to Cesar Menacho and the Bolivian striker is able to handle these passes well. He most of the times wins his aerial duels or he passes it with his chest. He can do this very well and I think this is one of his main qualities.

Cesar Menacho can handle passes over the ground as well. He most of the times tries to find a passing option nearby and makes a first-time pass. This is something that he does well four out of five times.

In general, his technique is alright and his first touch is decent most of the times. Sometimes, his touch is a bit too heavy but he has the space to do so. This is something that he needs to keep an eye out for, if he makes a move to a better competition.

When he dribbles, he controls the ball very well and he uses his acceleration and pace to get past the opponent. Also, he is able to use his body to shield off the ball well. He has not been tested in the tight spaces that much, but the times he got tested he performed very well and managed to turn his opponent.

In 1603 minutes Menacho has scored eight goals. This season, he has scored three goals in 541 minutes. Sometimes Menacho rushes his shot which means that he shoots it wide. Nevertheless, he is a decent finisher who needs to be calmer when he can shoot it from a tight angle. In these situations he needs to cut back rather than shoot.

Defending

Cesar Menacho tries to cut the passing lanes and does this consequently. He is very sharp in putting pressure on the opponent and can use his acceleration to close gaps quickly. He keeps track of his surroundings when he puts pressure on the opponent. For the rest, he stays forward and does not do much more defensively.

Physique:

As already mentioned before, Menacho wins most of his aerial duels and he is quite strong in the duels. He uses his body very well to shield off the ball and he does not get dispossessed often. He has good acceleration and pace.

Conclusion

The Bolivian league is one of the weaker leagues in South-America and there haven’t been that much Bolivian players that have played at the highest level in an European league. That being said, I think that Menacho has the potential to either play in the Superliga or Série A in the future, or a league outside the top 5 leagues in Europe.

Menacho needs to pick out the right moves in order to do so. First, he should move to a club in Chile or Colombia. Those are significantly better leagues than the Bolivian league, but I think that Menacho can already play for a midtable club in those countries. He fits defensive-minded teams who play direct and like to counter-attack.

Daniel Rojas – Oriente Petrolero

By: Jeroen (@J__TP5)

Player profile:

  • Name: Daniel Rojas
  • Date of birth: 22-02-2000
  • Nationality: Bolivia
  • Position: DM, CM, RM
  • Contract expires: not available
  • Current club: Oriente Petrolero
  • Previous clubs: Club Calleja, Universidad Concepción
  • Current international: Bolivia under 20

Daniel Rojas is a 19-year-old central midfielder from Bolivia who currently plays for Oriente Petrolero. He is a dynamic midfielder who is quite complete for his age and I would like to see him play in the Liga NOS or Eredivisie soon.

Defending

The Bolivian midfielder normally plays as a right central midfielder, but he has also played as a right-midfielder this season. Oriente Petrolero played both in a 5-3-2 formation and a 4-5-1 formation. When Oriente Petrolero are not in possession, Rojas stays on the right central side of the pitch and he likes to help out Widen Saucedo (right-back) in defence. The midfielder is quite sharp in defence and uses his strength and awareness to recover possession.

In the Copa Sudamericana, Oriente Petrolero played a low defensive line and they were defensive-minded. In possession, the Bolivian club played quite direct and they put some men forward including Daniel Rojas. The midfielder plays in a different role in the Bolivian league though, as he sometimes plays as a right-midfielder.

As a right central midfielder, Daniel Rojas acts quickly in transition from attack to defence and he always is back in position on time to defend. He scans his back often to make sure that he is aware of his surroundings. As a right-midfielder he does the same things. The only difference is that he positions himself closer to the sideline then he does as a right central midfielder.

During the times that Widen Saucedo (right-back), Norberto Palmieri (right central defender) or Daniel Franco (central defender) were out of position, the 19-year-old midfielder took over their positions to make sure that the defensive organisation kept intact.

As already mentioned before, Daniel Rojas is sharp in defence and he makes sure that his opponent does not have time to think about his next action. By doing this, Rojas gives away some free kicks, but he intercepts passes and recovers possession sometimes as well.

Attacking

Daniel Rojas has an above average technique and has good awareness for space. He moves between the lines well and can give a very good pass. However, his handling speed when he is not put under pressure is not fast enough which results in the loss of possession sometimes.

Playing as a right central midfielder, Rojas likes to get forward in transition from defence to attack. He does well to look for space and he often is aware of his surroundings as well because he most of the times scans his back when he receives the ball.

Rojas can play a good pass, but sometimes there is miscommunication between Rojas and the strikers which means that he plays a through pass when the striker comes short and vice versa. When he plays it short to the striker, he likes to play a one-two and thus receive the ball back immediately.

When playing in the closed spaces, Rojas uses his technique and good dribbling to play himself out the pressure. He can do some quick step-overs and he is very quick on the turn. Rojas is quite strong on the ball as well and he uses his body very well to protect the ball.

Physical attributes

Daniel Rojas is not very strong in aerial duels. He is not the biggest of players, he is around 1.80m, and he does not time his jump right which means that he loses a lot of aerial duels. The Bolivian midfielder is quite fast on the first few meters due to his good acceleration and his pace is above average as well. He has decent stamina and as already mentioned he is quite strong on the ball.

Potential: Daniel Rojas has the potential to play in the Superliga or Série A.