The Dutch League has been the landing point of many a world star before moving onto the elite level – Hirving Lozano is following that path
With Alexis Sánchez on the brink of joining Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City, Bordeaux’s Malcom and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar have been mentioned as possible replacements for Arsenal but Arsene Wenger could find a cheaper option in Holland.
The man in question is PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano. The Mexican international came over from his boyhood club Pachuca this summer and has impressed hugely since his arrival in the Dutch league. He leads the goalscoring charts in the Eredivisie and is one of the reasons why PSV are league leaders at the halfway point.
Lozano is an agile player who loves to cut inside in order to test the opposing goalkeeper with his deadly right foot. He draws a lot of fouls due to the fact he is unplayable at times and is also a fearless footballer, willing to risk injuries to chase down a loose ball.
In that sense, the 22-year-old does remind you a bit of a player that also played in Holland, Luis Suárez. Former Holland international Pierre van Hooijdonk sees the similarities between the two Spanish-speaking players as well:
“He’s got something that Luis Suárez also has. Sometimes he does something magical but in his unrest, he misses an easy chance now and then. Can he become just as good as Suárez? Yes.”
Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio also believes Lozano can become a special player: “His strength is that he is a very low-key, low profile, very down to earth [person] and I think he will go very far. Not only is he a very good player with the potential to be an outstanding player, he is also a very good human being.”
El Chucky, as Lozano is nicknamed after the scary doll in horror movies, should consider what is best for his career at this point. 22 sounds like an age that would be fitting to make a step to an elite club but we have to remind ourselves that he has been in Europe for only six months.
With the World Cup coming up, Lozano can follow the same path as Suárez did. Impress at the biggest stage of them all and then make a dream move. Lozano possesses both the qualities and mentality to go far in this game so whether it’s this January or next August, he will get the chance to play for a big club.