Mexican Winger Hirving Lozano
Subsequent speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona particularly, but also to Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Real Madrid, has been rife since, which the youngster has interestingly fully welcomed. “The truth is that I am really happy that names of some big teams are coming out in relation to me,” he said.
“I have to take things calmly. I am focused on having a good World Cup, I am really enjoying myself here. The important thing is to focus on the next [Mexico] game, do as well as possible and go step by step.”
Judging from his exceptional performances for El Tri in Russia, it’s safe to say the rumours certainly aren’t affecting the 22-year-old, for he’s been integral towards his team winning their opening two matches.
Bursting with pace and a classy dribbler, where his close control and his neat changes of pace and direction serve him extremely well, the aforementioned has seen him pose as a hugely challenging proposition for opponents. With him regularly positioned out wide, hugging the touchline, this has only amplified his impact, ensuring he obtains possession in ideal 1v1 scenarios, allowing him to use his strengths in conducive conditions for him to thrive.
Lozano has also demonstrated his capacity to drift centrally and cause issues, however, as this notably creates room for his fullback to burst forward, while putting him into dangerous central areas. Whether by embarking on surging runs into depth or venturing into the 10 spaces, he’s been a handful to contain in these instances too.
In addition, his strength, technical skills, and maneuverability has seen him hold the ball up effectively, evade his marker astutely and use his slick passing to combine cleanly.
Further upside can be drawn from his robust and energetic defensive work, where his pressing and aggression has been a real highlight of Mexico’s work without the ball.
Lozano’s impressive statistics from the World Cup so far aptly depict his tremendous contribution, which state he’s taken 2.5 shots per game, completed 91.5% of his passes, made three successful dribbles pg, manufactured two chances pg and chimed in with 4.5 defensive actions pg.
With his future set to continue to be a topic of discussion, his current employer, PSV, will be very keen for him to keep up his terrific form. After all, the better he plays, the higher the transfer fee they’ll command for their prized asset.
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