PSV have recently strengthened their squad with the season-long loan signing of Mexican international Andres Guardado. Guardado is PSV manager Phillip Cocu’s fourth signing of the transfer window, after Luuk de Jong, Aleksandar Boljevic, and Remko Pasveer. The 27-year-old, who will wear the number 18 shirt, recently told PSV.TV, “I’m very happy to sign this contract and I’m looking forward to a great season and winning prizes with PSV.”
Guardado began his career with Atlas in the Liga MX, and solid performances with their first team helped him spring a move to Europe. It was Deportivo La Coruna of La Liga who took a chance on him, and he did not disappoint. Guardado racked up nearly 150 appearances with the club and was a mainstay due to his assist prowess.
After the club’s relegation to the Segunda Division, Guardado signed with Valencia. He was a fixture in their line-up during his first season, but was sent on loan to Bayer Leverkusen during his second. PSV is his second straight loan destination, so he will be hoping to make a quick impression with their management and Valencia’s management.
Guardado is coming off of a solid World Cup in Brazil, where he started in all four of Mexico’s matches. He played remarkably well for Miguel Herrera’s side, and was rewarded for his efforts with a goal in Mexico’s 3-1 win over Croatia.
The Mexican international is a key addition to a youthful side that includes talents such as Giorginio Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay, and Jetro Willems. The maturity that Guardado will instill into the squad is priceless. He is also incredibly versatile, due to the fact that he is capable of playing as both a winger and a wing-back.
The quality of his linkup play with Depay, Wijnaldum, and the young striker Jurgen Locadia will be vital to PSV’s Eredivisie title aspirations. No matter where he features in Phillip Cocu’s side, he will without a doubt be an influential player.