This edition of ‘GSH Transfer Player Profiles‘ focuses on midfielder Érick Gutiérrez, a 26-year-old Mexico international who plays in the Netherlands for PSV Eindhoven. Gutiérrez’s intelligence and maturity have earned him a large amount of praise in his homeland, and his need to feel involved in the game has made him a regular starter for PSV.
Full Name: Érick Gabriel Gutiérrez Galaviz
Place of Birth: Ahome, Mexico
Club: PSV Eindhoven
Honours: 1x Liga MX, 1x CONCACAF Champions League, 1x KNVB Cup, 1x CONCACAF U-20 Championship, 1x CONCACAF Gold Cup
Gutiérrez made his debut for Liga MX side Pachuca in 2013. He played one season alongside former West Ham forward Enner Valencia before the latter moved to the Premier League in 2014. Due to some impressive performances, he received a call-up to the Mexico U-20 and U-23 teams. He also competed for Mexico in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, infamously scoring four goals in a game against Fiji.
Gutiérrez signed for PSV Eindhoven in 2018 and had a chance to play with compatriot Hirving Lozano. The pair formed a strong partnership; five minutes into Gutiérrez’s debut for PSV, he assisted Lozano’s goal and scored himself in a rampant 7-0 win. He has since gone on to make 61 league appearances and has scored four goals.
STYLE OF PLAY
Gutiérrez is known for being a well-rounded midfielder who can adapt to different positions, situations, and tactical changes. He is often asked to push higher up the field in order to help with the attack, and he is usually relied on to be a playmaker.
He has several important traits of a midfielder. He can read the game very well, is capable of completing different passes in opposition territory, and is competent at running with the ball. Moreover, he tends to shoot from outside the box, which has resulted in him scoring from distance in the past.
Gutiérrez has shown exceptional leadership qualities throughout his career. He was captain of Pachuca, a role which led to him being named one of the best players in Mexico, and wore the armband for the Mexico U-20 team.