This summer’s Olympic Games should have been the breakthrough moment for Adolfo Gaich, with the 21-year-old poised to lead the Argentina frontline in Tokyo. After a move to Club Brugge January collapsed, there was still no shortage of suitors for Gaich after an impressive 2019 had elevated the young Argentinian from a physically strong, yet raw prospect, to potential future star.
It has been in an Argentina shirt that Gaich has most caught the eye, with a hat-trick against Venezuela at the South American Championships, three goals at the Under-20 World Cup, five at the Pan American Games and another at the Pre-Olympic tournament made the powerful number nine one of Argentina’s standout performers
These displays made San Lorenzo’s decision to overlook Gaich for much of 2019 even more perplexing. Manager Jorge Almirón’s side clearly lacked goals and a penalty box presence. His replacement Juan Antonio Pizzi soon ran into similar problems and it wasn’t until towards the end of the year under the interim leadership of Diego Monarriz and Leandro Romagnoli, that Gaich found a regular spot.
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