by Andrew Doulton - 9th February 2016
I am sure if many football fans were to here the name Hirving Lozano, there would be confused looks. Lozano is a product of the Pachuca youth academy, which seems to be producing allot of good home grown players at present. The 20 year old Mexican winger has the potential to be one of the biggest Mexican stars in quite some time.
Hirving Lozano was born in Mexico City on the 30th July 1995. He joined the Pachuca youth academy in 2009 and has been progressing at a rapid rate since then. It was at the age of just 18 that Lozano broke in to the first team and he has not gone on to become a first team regular. As well as racking up plenty of appearances in the Liga MX he has also featured in the CONCACAF Champions League for Pachuca. He has also featured for the Mexico U20s and U23s and it will not be long before he goes on to represent the full national side for years to come. At the CONCACAF U20 tournament Lozano put in some very good performances scoring 5 goals in 5 games for Mexico’s U20s who went on to win the tournament
Lozano or Chucky (as I have seen him called) generally plays on the Left side of Midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation, although he has played across the pitch. His game time has been increasing each season and he has been scoring a decent amount of goals and also providing plenty of assists. He is a very intelligent young player who is very confortable on the ball. I have seen plenty of footage of Lozano beating players for fun. There was one particular goal, which saw him dance past multiple players before rounding the keeper and neatly tucking the ball away. Although Lozano plays on the wing he does like to cut inside before shooting. He certainly has very good technique and if he can add further goals to his game he could truly become a very good player.
Obviously when a good attacking player starts to make a name for himself, offers are bound to follow. I can really see him making a move to a big club in Europe in the next couple of years. He is already turning heads in Europe with reports claiming that PSV made a $7m offer for Lozano. However when you have the former worlds richest man on the board Pachuca will be able to hold out for a more deserving fee in todays game. When the right offer does come in I am sure he will be a very good purchase for whoever is brave enough to put a large offer in for a young player.
In summary Hirving Lozano is a player who excites fans and has the potential to go on to be a very good player at club and international level.