Former Talleres de Cordoba and (previously) former Atlanta goalkeeper Pablo Santillo is on top of the odds to become the new Atlanta starting goalkeeper after the departure of fan- favourite Matias Vega
(now deciding between offers from Primera Division team Defensa y Justicia, who holds ex-Atlanta 2011 season goalkeeper Fernando Pellegrino as starter, and Mar del Plata team Aldosivi, where he could be going along Sebastián Mendez, manager for the starting half of the 2013-2014 season). The 32-year old player is in the middle of negotiations with the Atlanta board.
Santillo has the benefit of having been the Atlanta goalkeeper in the 2004 “Salvezza” season, in which a debt-ridden Atlanta team struggled not to be relegated from the Primera B Metropolitana (third division) up until the last minute, conducted by Salvador Pasini. Since then, Santillo has played twice for Banfield, and one season both in Racing Club de Avellaneda as well as Barcelona de Ecuador.
Santillo has a difficult choice though, between the offer from Atlanta and also from arch-rivals Chacarita (from whose youth teams Santillo came from, not having played a minute as a starter) and relegation- challenged Club Deportivo Morón, directed by Pasini himself.
Photo courtesy of soydebanfield.com.ar.
UPDATE: Pablo has finally signed for Atlanta for 18 months. Photo courtesy of Atlanta’s press team.
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