When you have been following La Celeste as long as I have, and especially through the special years that were the roller-coaster from 2007 to 2010, you develop a bond with certain players for what they bring to the team. It should be no surprise to anyone that Forlan is my all-time favourite, I have a love-hate relationship with Recoba (he didn’t seem to have the motivation to become probably the best player on the plant), el Loco is also one of my favourite specially after the WC Panenka (it was a statement to the world, “We may be small but we are also great!”), and of course, Suarez.
However, when it comes time to selecting the players for La Celeste, I have never (or at least tried to never) let my likes or dislikes affect my selection. I was probably one of the first to say that Forlan and el Loco should not be capped anymore. We have seen coaches from other nations (like del Bosque), who are enamoured with a certain style of play make the difficult decision of excluding certain players (like Xavi) because they know that they may need to change their style. If a coach is more result oriented, he is more likely to make the change because his approach will be basically “what have you done for me lately”. So, while OWT may seem to be a result-oriented coach, the more obvious answer is that he is a style-oriented coach because if he were a result-oriented coach, he would be able to look at the players on his roster and compare with what other Uruguayan players are doing around the world and make substantial improvements. OWT is also a stubborn old man; he wants to receive credit for the players he brings to the NT. That is why he will wait 5 years to bring in 29-year old Sanchez (imagine if he had brought him when he was 24 years of age), will not bring in Britos and will make surprise call-ups like Guzman Pereira.
Here are some more stats regarding what other Uruguayan players are doing around the world (ratings by WhoScored). Based on this info, it would appear obvious that some of them deserve a place on the roster.