Speed up front, and a veteran finish – that is the identity of team Mexico this World Cup. A team seemingly in transition at the moment Mexico are headed in the right direction. They have very experienced players populated with European talent, but Mexico are also now reaping the benefits of a stronger Liga MX and more respectable MLS to provide their players with development and elite talent to challenge.
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Three attacking players to watch for Mexico:
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez – He’s led the line and succeeded in England with Manchester United and West Ham United, Spain with Real Madrid, and in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen. He is the definition of a ‘fox in the box’ having almost exclusively scored his impressive 141 career goals from within the penalty area. He will be the leading man up top for Mexico and will provide a veteran presence in an attack that has some young, fiery players to boast!
Hirving Lozano – The 22 year old break out winger calls the exciting, youthful Dutch professional team PSV home during seasonal play. He lit up the Dutch league this season, too scoring 17 goals and adding 11 assists in 29 games. He is explosive up the wing and can play as an out and out striker up top should Mexico need more pace at centre forward. Scoring at a blinding pace, Lozano could be a ringer for Mexico’s offence.
Carlos Vela – The face of the MLS’s newest franchise, the LAFC, Carlos Vela, put on a show early this MLS season. With 7 goals and 2 assists in just 12 games, the 27 year old right winger has proven that given the opportunity he can produce at a blinding pace. He isn’t a youngster, but has break out form this season (so far) can add an offensive boost to the right side of the pitch for the Mexican attack.
My pick for a dark horse team, Mexico boasts a pretty solid roster of young and veteran players. Chicharito will provide the calming presence of a guaranteed goal scorer, while breakout star Lozano should provide the play making and service into the box for little pea. As well, the likes of Raul Jimenez, Jonathan dos Santos, and Jesus Corona fill out a pretty exceptional attack. If the team can hold off opposition attack, look for Mexico to move into the knockout rounds and give some impressive teams trouble.