Overview of Player
Name: Hirving Lozano.
Position: Left wing, right wing and striker.
Fun fact: Hirving Lozano is nicknamed ‘Chucky’ from an early age due to the fact he often scared childhood friends. However, that nickname has stayed with him due to his ability to scare defenders with his sensational pace and dribbling ability.
Overview of Nation
How did Mexico manage to get to Russia? Well, they were placed in a group alongside Honduras, Canada and El Salvador which they ultimately won with Honduras following them into the fifth and final round of qualification where the top six national sides from the CONCAF face each other and the top three sides automatically go to Russia. Mexico topped their group with a five point margin. This was secured after Mexico beat Panama 1-0 courtesy of a Hirving Lozano bullet header which you can view here:
Mexico came second in their group at the 2014 World Cup behind semi finalists and hosting country Brazil. The North American country defied the odds by finishing above Croatia thanks to their 3-1 win against the European outfit. Despite getting knocked out in the round of 16 by The Netherlands, it can be considered a successful World Cup as they got out of the group. An impressive statistic for Mexicans to gloat about is the fact that they have qualified for 15 out of 15 World Cup’s they have taken part in. Furthermore, the ‘land of enchantment’ has managed to reach the quarter finals of a World Cup twice, once in 1970 and their previous time was in 1986. No Mexico World Cup team has gone further into the competition.
Performance of player in qualification
The PSV winger scored four goals in World Cup qualification against fellow qualified side Panama as well as Canada, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago. These four goals helped Mexico get to Russia with ease.
The Mexican winger has many strengths, one of these strengths of Hirving Lozano is his crossing, this is displayed through the eight assists Hirving has made for teammates over the last season. Another strength is key passes for Lozano, the tricky winger averaged 2.6 key passes a game for PSV in the Eredivise last season. A noticeable weakness in Lozano’s game is his lack of discipline. Regarded by some media as a young Luis Suarez, Hirving Lozano picked up two red cards last season from confrontations with little provocation.
As a result of these strengths and weaknesses, as long as the Mexican doesn’t get himself into unnecessary trouble, personally I can see Hirving Lozano being the talisman for Mexico and consequently could have an 8/10 influence in Russia.
Why he’s one to watch
Naturally a winger, ‘Chucky’ has the goal scoring threat of a striker with 17 goals for PSV last season. These 17 goals were just under 1/5 of his team’s total last season as they went on to win the Eredivise. The right footed Mexican star has the versatility to play on both wings and even as a centre forward displayed at PSV when the 22 year old played three games and scored twice and also bagged two assists. As a result of his ability to play numerous positions, it allows Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio to utilise either Lozano’s shooting ability or crossing ability depending on which wing he plays on. Furthermore, Hirving Lozano will have the capacity to play as the main man for Mexico at the World Cup after Javier Hernandez’s mediocre season. As it’s Lozano’s first World Cup, he is certainly a man to keep an eye on.
Video of player/compilation
Lozano compliation, what a player.
Football Manager Attributes:
The young dynamic winger possess all the required stats to play well as an inside forward, although there are a few stats which certainly need to be worked on. His set piece taking on Football Manager certainly has room to work on. Furthermore, his lack of strength won’t work in his favour when contesting for the ball. Finally, due to Lozano’s relatively low value, he could be picked up for a small fee if you are managing one of Europe’s elite. As a result, you could nurture him into a top class attacker or make a reasonable profit on the Mexican.
This isn’t the only ‘One to Watch’, we are releasing a one to watch article for every nation in the World Cup. An hour before each team kick off their first World Cup Group Stage game, we will release that nations one to watch. These can be viewed here – One to Watch for all Nations in World Cup 2018.
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