It has been a pretty good weekend in the Agüero household; while Sergio Agüero tormented the Chelsea defence and opened the scoring en route to a convincing 3-0 win at the top of the Premier League, little brother, Gastón del Castillo was promoted to train with the Independiente first team and is in line to be included in the matchday squad for Wednesday’s Copa Argentina last 16 tie against Lanús.
Despite being thwarted by Chelsea goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic on three occasions in the opening half an hour, Sergio Agüero proved once again why he is the most dangerous striker in the Premier League with a wonderfully taken goal in the Etihad Stadium. Despite leaving Independiente as a teenager back in 2006, Agüero remains an iconic figure in Avellaneda and has promised a return to his boyhood club before he is past his best.
In the meantime, Sergio continues to assist the club and recently contributed a considerable amount to the new facilities at the Independiente training ground. Whilst the supporters await the day that ‘Kun’ Agüero pulls on the red shirt again, it appears that they may be able to cheer another family member with younger brother, Gastón del Castillo – their father’s family name – poised to make his first team debut.
The 18-year-old striker has impressed in the reserves and has now been promoted to training with the first team along with other academy products, Ezequiel Vidal, Leonel Alvarez and Rafael Barrios.
Independiente have returned from the mid-season break in fine form, winning all six matches but a busy schedule lies ahead with the league, Copa Argentina and Copa Sudamericana to balance. On Wednesday, Independiente will play Lanús in La Plata for a place in the Copa Argentina quarter final and with Mauricio Pellegrino likely to rotate, it has been suggested that Gastón del Castillo could be included in the squad.
At the same age, Sergio had been involved in the Independiente first team for almost three years and was on the verge of a €23 million move to Atlético Madrid so it is perhaps best not to compare the two.