LAFC CEO John Thorrington explains Brian Rodriguez loan to Almeria
That Rodriguez was emotional in and of itself was not necessarily a surprise. The 20-year-old winger was seen as a potential sell-off candidate upon joining LAFC, given his age and high level of skill as a rising star for the Uruguayan national team. Rather, it is the destination that raised eyebrows, as Almeria is currently in the Spanish second division and does not have flashy name value like most of the clubs that had been linked with him in the past.
LAFC CEO John Thorrington touched on all of this in a interview on the Inside LAFC podcast with host Max Bretos, saying he actually thinks Almeria is a great place for Rodriguez at this point in his career as they are in the heat of the moment for promotion to Spain’s top La Liga . Finding yourself in the middle of a promotion battle, Thorrington said, is exactly the type of setting that can provide an invaluable experience for a player with Rodriguez’s ultimate aspirations.
“For us, as we have always said, we are always looking for the right solutions for our players and we take everything on a case-by-case basis,” Thorrington told Bretos. “There was a lot of interest in the loan and buy opportunities for our players and we sit down and chat with each player. Sometimes it makes sense and sometimes it doesn’t. In this case, we thought it was. was a great opportunity for Brian to get games, to go play. These promotion campaigns are just a great experience for a player. We know this is a club that really loves Brian and we think he will prepare him for the success and we’ll see how it goes.
“I certainly think Brian has the potential to be one of the best players in Europe. And so it made sense, and we were grateful that we were able to get this deal done on the deadline for Brian. We’re still in. contact, he’s happy with how things turned out, he’s already on the bench and hopefully this weekend he starts playing a role and hopefully earns a promotion. “
Thorrington also said the deal made sense for both sides given the uncertainties in the market right now amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While Thorrington has said that in a normal world he would likely have attempted to sell Rodriguez outright, this loan deal turned out to be the wisest option given the circumstances. Rodriguez’s loan contains a buy clause that could keep him in Almeria if certain performance thresholds are reached.