After the failure of the Mexican National Team in the finals of the Nations League and the 2021 Gold Cup, the name of Javier Hernández has once again resonated with force to return to the national team. ‘Chicharito’, the historic scorer of El Tri, appears as one of the possibilities to reinforce the Aztec attack in the face of the Concacaf qualifying rounds towards the Qatar World Cup. Faced with the absences of Raúl Jiménez and the irregularity of Rogelio Funes Mori, Hernández raises his hand.
The LA Galaxy forward has a couple of compelling arguments in his favor to be considered by Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino: he has had an almost unbeatable season in MLS and there are not many Mexican forwards who are in a state of grace at the moment .
In the current US soccer campaign, ‘Chicharito’ has scored 10 touchdowns in the same number of games. The footballer originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, has found himself again with the goal and little by little he returns to be the same player who had great performances in Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen.
The good moment of ‘Chicharito’ Hernández adds to the low level that other Mexican forwards have shown recently. The deck of Mexican nines has never been wide and, at this point, it can be said that it is even short. After the injury of Raúl Jiménez, the position of center forward has been vacant and no candidate has managed to live up to expectations.
The ‘Tata’ Martino has tried with Alan Pulido, Henry Martín and Hirving Lozano enabled by the center. None of these bets have paid off. Some players like José Juan Macías, Santiago Giménez or Eduardo Aguirre have not received opportunities from the Argentine coach. Either because of his youth or lack of consolidation.
Rogelio Funes Mori had an acceptable performance in his participation with the Mexican National Team during the friendly matches he played and the Gold Cup. However, at crucial moments, the ‘Twin’ did not appear.
The Mexican attack has been inoperative during the summer. The absence of Raúl Jiménez, who is already recovered, weighed on the performance of the Tri. In this context, after a couple of big failures, Martino must consider all the options available to him to empower his team.
Javier Hernández has not been considered to be part of the Mexican National Team since September 2019. Martino has not been very communicative about it, but everything suggests that the absence of ‘Chicharito’ in the calls is more of an extra-court problem than a situation related to football level.
El Tri needs a nine and, despite the experiments of the ‘Tata’, it is still not found. The options do not grow in clusters: the universe of players in that position is quite limited, in every way. This season, ‘Chicharito’, in football terms, has once again been the striker who earned the idolatry of the fans.
At the football level, Hernández has the arguments to be considered with El Tri. However, the key to his return has more to do with the personal. The Jalisco player will have to sit down with Martino and fix what broke their relationship. To return to El Tri, ‘Chicharito’ has to commit to the group and leave behind the attitudes that kept him from the national team.