Today, August 30, 2007, the return of Juan Pablo Carrizo to River Plate has been made official. Since his departure a month ago, the 23-year old goalkeeper has not been able to get his European Passport. The Italians do not want him to take up a foreign spot on the team, and have not even paid a single penny for the transfer yet. Therefore, they decided to loan him out to another club for the rest of the season.
Despite having offers from Real Zaragoza and Racing Santander (both from Spain), Carrizo opted to return to River Plate. The question is, will he get his spot back? The question may seem ridiculous due to his amazing capabilities, but taking Juan Marcelo Ojeda out of the starting goalkeeper spot would be like a slap in the face to ex-Rosario Central player. Not only that, but his self-esteem and confidence could possibly drop, and who knows if he will ever recuperate his current form again. In my opinion, Carrizo should start in the Torneo Apertura, while Ojeda should be given a shot in the Copa Sudamericana. If one of them under-performs, the other would take his place. It would be a pity to not have Carrizo start in every game, but Ojeda has been doing plenty to deserve more than a spot on the bench.