CD exporter Lugo, Oscar Whalleyset course for LigaMX to sign at one of the most successful clubs in Aztec football, the Chivas de Guadalajara
Whalley went on to become the goalkeeper with the most saves in the whole competition with a total of 131
CD exporter Lugo, Oscar Whalleyborn in Zaragoza, to a British father and a Mexican mother, heads to LigaMX to sign for one of the most successful clubs in Aztec football, the Chivas de Guadalajara.
After several years of remarkable evolution and this last season showing great individual performances, Whalley has become the most outstanding player of the Galician team for what has been the claim of many clubs, to finally end up in a historic South American football.
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A performance that caught the attention of Chivas de Guadalajara
During the 2022/23 season in Liga Smartbank, although he could not avoid the relegation of his team, Whalley went on to become the goalkeeper with the most saves in the whole competition with a total of 131 and the starting goalkeeper with the most blocks per 90 minutes with a total of 3.14.
Another quality to highlight is his great handling of the ball with his feet, successfully completing 98.2% of the passes he throws and 73.1% of his long passesdata well above the average if we compare them with those of the goalkeepers of the 5 major European leagues.
Last but not least, we are talking about a true specialist in stopping 11m balls. And is that taking the data from 2018, it can be seen that Whalley, has a 32% stop success ratea very high percentage for any goalkeeper.
There are several metrics that place Óscar Whalley in the top 10 best stats across Europe’s top 5 leagues, particularly in the aspect of passing to the opposite side, in own half and in the balance of goals saved per goals conceded.
DECISION TO GO TO MEXICO
The man who was Lugo’s goalkeeper in the last two seasons has always felt a great bond with his mother’s country of origin, as he himself has expressed on several occasions: “I feel very related to Mexico, because it’s part of my life, it’s my roots and my mother’s whole family is there. We have a very fluid relationship and besides the fact that I spent most of my childhood with them, I traveled and kept in touch whenever my profession allowed.”
This bond and having triple nationality (Mexican, English and Spanish) were determining factors in signing with Chivas, being a club with a very particular philosophy. We are talking about the second most successful team in LigaMX with a total of 12 championshipsjust one title behind Club América.
But the unique character of this team doesn’t end there, Chivas has a philosophy when it comes to teaming up and It’s that they have a policy of only playing Mexican players. Another reason why it is a perfect team for Óscar Whalley, a winning club with ambitions to continue growing.