Players from all around the world have played in the Premier League since it’s inception in 1992. Mexico has, like many others, provided a fair few players most notably Giovanni dos Santos, Javier Hernández and Carlos Vela. However, none of them managed to really establish themselves bar Javier Hernández and even then it was as a impact substitute.
The latest Mexican heading to the Premier League is Pachuca’s 20-year-old attacker, Hirving Rodrigo Lozano, who has already developed a big reputation in his homeland. He first came to prominence in the 2015 U20’s CONCACAF Championship where he won the Golden Boot with five goals and five assists as Mexico went on to win the tournament. This success came off the back of his breakout season for Pachuca.
Since making his debut in 2014, he has gone on to make 91 appearances and scored 21 goals. Last season he helped Pachuca to the Mexican league title (Clausura) and his form earned him his first senior call-up for the national team in February. Since then he has made seven appearances for Mexcio, four of which were during the Copa América Centenario.
Regarded as one of Mexico’s brightest talents, Lozano can play in a number of attacking positions. Even though he is right footed, he predominantly plays on the left where he tends to drift in and cut back onto his favored side to shoot or pass. However, such is his quality, he is equally adept playing centrally for his club when required and last season he appeared eight times on the right. He is rapid, a yard quicker than most players and his trickery is reminiscent of a young Neymar in his Santos days. His ability to create chances gets fans out of their seats as he sets off on an exciting run (which often results in a goalscoring chance).
Pachuca’s vice-president Andres Fassi has recently announced that negotiations are ongoing with Manchester United. Lozano’s father-in-law has stated that the player will join the English giants after the Olympics. Manchester United fans will be hoping that he follows in the footsteps of Anthony Martial and makes an immediate impact in the Premier League.