While quietly going about his business, Jorge Torres Nilo has developed into one of Mexico’s most reliable performers since the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
The Tigres left-back was an unexpected call-up to Javier Aguirre’s squad three years ago, but he did not feature in any of his nation’s matches. Since the arrival of Jose Manuel de la Torre at the helm, however, the outlook for the defender has changed considerably.
De la Torre’s decision to play Carlos Salcido further up the pitch, in the role of holding midfielder, opened the door for Torres Nilo on the left flank of El Tri’s defence, and he was quick to grasp the opportunity. The 25-year-old’s stamina, reliability and nerve have since helped him to establish a berth in Mexico’s starting XI.
Barring a last-minute surprise, fans at this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup are likely to see the former Atlas full-back in action during Mexico’s opening encounter with Italy at the legendary Estadio do Maracana.