Guaraní’s 21-year-old striker Jorge Benítez is in Germany for his medical, the move is shrouded in secrecy but both Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach have been cited as possible destinations. The move abroad comes on the back of a brilliant season with Guaraní with the pacey forward managing 17 league goals with 11 coming in the final 8 games. His form also earned him his first senior cap for the Albirroja coming on for Roque Santa Cruz versus France in Nice. Here we profile one of the very few Paraguayans to land himself in a major European league straight from the Primera División.
Name: Jorge Daniel Benítez
D.o.B: 2nd September 1992
Place of Birth: Ñemby, Central
Height: 1.82 metres
Weight: 84 kilos
Current Club: Guaraní
Previous Clubs: Rubio Ñu (loan)
The forward was a revelation during 2014 having been loaned out to Rubio Ñu for the 2013 Apertura after a frustrating time in the reserves with the Aborigen. But Spanish coach Fernado Jubero saw something in him and began giving “Conejo” some game time during the Clausura, he made 7 starts and popped up with 3 goals. Jubero was impressed with his return and was fully rewarded in the 2014 Apertura as Benítez formed a great partnership with fellow youngster Fernando Fernandez, the two scored 31 of the side’s 56 goals (the most in the league) firing them to 2nd place.
Benítez is deeply religious and courted controversy last year when he lifted his shirt to reveal a message stating that “God is the path to success”, the APF saw this as contravening FIFA regulations and initially banned him for 5 matches before being lifted on appeal. He isn’t known for any off-the-field antics, this blogger can’t even remember a local model being linked with him which is rare. Hopefully that mentality will allow him to buckle down in the Bundesliga in what is sure to be a difficult step up from the Primera División especially as Benítez has precious little experience in the international arena.
He will offer his new club plenty of pace and technical ability and will have to use his guile to make up for a lack of power. He’ll fare better playing in a two and will want to see the ball in front of him rather than receiving back to goal. But at 21 years old he is still adaptable and what he really will need, as proved by his early career, is confidence and plenty of it – if he believes in his ability then the goals should flow and we could well be welcoming home a new hero in time for the 2015 Copa América. Good luck Conejo!
By Ralph Hannah