The Bent Musket (TBM): How has Bou performed while with Tijuana?
Eugene Rupinski (ER): To understand how good Gustavo “La Pantera” Bou is, you only need to look at Xolos record over the past four seasons. With Bou on the team, Xolos record is 21W 19D 19L and they made the Liguilla two of those three seasons. The season Bou went on loan back to Racing Club, Xolos were a dismal 4W 5D 8L and scored only 13 goals in 17 games.
TBM: Talk to use about Bou’s skills. Where might we see him play?
ER: He’s versatile, able to play at striker or left wing. This past season he played mostly at left wing, drifting in centrally to play off of the physically imposing Ariel Nahuelpán as a false nine. Bou has a nose for goal but is also adept at creating assists and drawing defenders out of position to open space in the attack.
TBM: We recently saw Brian Fernandez move from Mexico to MLS. The Argentine striker is lighting it up with the Portland Timbers, as he’s scored six goals in five games. Can we expect similar results from Bou if he signs with the Revs?
ER: Oh absolutely. He’s had success in Argentina and Mexico, so there’s no reason to think he wouldn’t have that in MLS too.
Something else I just thought of: Tijuana plays on turf, and if I’m not mistaken it’s the same kind as is in New England and Atlanta. Minor thing, but he won’t need to adjust like Fernández likely will playing in Portland.