What Hirving Lozano could bring to Napoli or Chelsea:
After lighting up the World Cup for Mexico and taking the Eredivisie by storm, Hirving Lozano is a player in demand.
The winger has performed impressively over the last two seasons for both club and country. His form domestically has been second to none with 17 goal contributions in 17 games to help PSV Eindhoven lead this season’s title race. Not to mention 4 goals in 8 Champions League games.
Lozano’s performances certainly haven’t gone under the radar, especially since his superb World Cup with El Tri. The January transfer window is fast approaching and PSV will do their best to hold onto their prized asset and potentially command a high fee with the likes of Chelsea and Napoli interested.
After graduating from their youth academy, ‘Chucky’ made his Pachuca debut as an enthusiastic 19-year-old. A goal five minutes after coming on was a sign of things to come for the young wide player. Four more goals to finish his debut season and the Mexican was looking increasingly promising and a top talent in the Liga MX.
The forward’s 12 goals in 2015/16 were instrumental to Los Tuzos’ Liga MX Clausura triumph. This included one goal in each leg of Pachuca’semi-finalal tie, helping them go through 3-2 on aggregate.
Two goals and one assist in Pachuca’s season opener for the speedster set the tone for another successful season. Pachuca’s league triumph last season helped them qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League and Chucky took the competition by storm.
He hit the ground running with goals in the group stage before performing in the knockout rounds when his side needed it most. A brace in the last 10 minutes of the second leg of the semi-final put Pachuca 4-3 up on aggregate, enough to send them through to the final. Pacucha defeated Tigres 2-1 over two legs and won the CONCACAF Champions League. Lozano won the golden boot top scoring with eight goals as well as the Best Young Player Award.
His stock had now gone through the roof and clubs from all over Europe were interested. Manchester United reportedly begun negotiations, however, PSV was to be the Mexican’s next destination. He signed a 6 year deal with the Dutch club for an undisclosed fee.
A move across the the Atlantic did not phase the winger whatsoever. He started 2017/18 superbly with a goal on his Eredivisie debut in a 3-2 victory over AZ Alkmaar. But he didn’t stop with another two goals and an assist in his next two games. Chucky was already proving to be a success winning Eredivisie Player of the Month and this scintillating form only got better.
Despite 2 red cards, Lozano’s statistics for the season were stunning. 17 goals and 11 assists in the league alone would be a roaring success for any player. Yet again, his contributions were pivotal to club silverware, with PSV winning the Eredivisie title ahead of rivals Ajax.
After the World Cup, where he shone for Mexico against Germany, the former Pachuca wide-man has returned to Holland and picked up from where he left off in 2018/19. 17 games: 11 goals and 6 assists. Enough said.
Style of Play
The 23 year old, with his 5ft 8 height and low center of gravity, is a very agile forward. Dynamic and quick but also technically sound, he can be deployed anywhere across the front line on either wing or as a central striker. Lozano is capable of being both a reliable finisher but also a playmaker as shown by his excellent creative stats.
Lozano’s 2018/19 stats so far: 3.2 shots per game, 2.3 key passes per game, 2.2 dribbles per game
Not only is Chucky scoring and setting up goals, he works hard for the team with his tireless pressing and constant tracking back. 1.4 tackles per game epitomises how valuable he is to the team.
Perhaps the only flaws to his game are his discipline and being quite one footed. Eight red cards at 23 years old is giving Sergio Ramos a run for his money and he is quite reliant on his right foot.
Nonetheless, Hirving Lozano is certainly one of the best young wingers available for an affordable price. His seamless transition from Mexico to the Netherlands speaks volumes about his ability. Oh, and he scored at a World Cup against world class opposition. No big deal.
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