Here is part 2 of our Mexican players abroad season review.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez
Unwanted at Manchester United, Chicharito was then sent on loan to Real Madrid where he continued to sit on the bench for the vast majority of the season. He appeared 33 times, but only 12 of them were from the start. Chicharito managed to score 9 goals and provided 9 assists, which isn’t too terrible considering the lack of minutes on the pitch. He also scored the important winning goal in the Champions League quarter finals against rivals Atletico Madrid in the 88th minute, resulting in Real Madrid reaching the semi-finals of the competition.
Uncertainty remains around the future of Chicharito extending his loan period, Chicharito could potentially be convinced to stay or look for a new club as he appears be out of favor at Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United.
The best Mexican player playing in Europe, Hector Herrera had a stellar season for FC Porto both domestically and in Europe. Herrera was a standout performer for Porto, playing 46 times scoring 7 goals and providing 7 assists from the midfield. Despite a disappointing campaign in the Primeira Liga, finishing second place behind rivals Benfica, Porto experienced huge success in the Champions League. They reached the quarter finals and eventually went out against Bayern Munich despite winning the first leg 3-1.
Herrera played a pivotal role in Porto’s performances in Europe, scoring 4 goals in 11 appearances. Herrera’s performances this season have resulted in him getting a lot of attention from some of Europe’s top clubs such as Borussia Dortmund. However, Porto are reluctant to let Herrera go that easy and have reportedly stuck a £40million price tag on the former Pachuca man.
The young Mexican defender has struggled to get playing time this season for Porto. Only appearing 3 times in the Primeira Liga for Porto, whereas he appeared 7 times for Porto B in the Segunda Liga. The 22 year old defender will be looking to go out on loan next season in order to get more playing time. One possible destination for Reyes is PSV, who are rumored to be interested in signing him. He would get experience playing in a winning side on a regular basis alongside Andres Guadardo and even potentially ‘Tacatico’ Corona.
The Mexican attacking midfielder has had a poor season. Davila started his season playing five times for Tenerife before they cancelled his loan. He then got sent on loan to Primeira Liga side Victoria Setubal where he also struggled to perform, only starting 4 times.
Arriving in January from Club America, this transfer was perceived by many as strange, but it turned out to be a success for both Layun and Watford. After Layun’s arrival, Watford made a push for automatic promotion which they eventually attained finishing second place. Layun played 17 times for Watford, 14 of them from the starting eleven.
Overall, Layun will be pleased with his first season in England, and he can now look forward to playing in one of Europe’s best leagues. However, there is an uncertainty surrounding Watford’s future at the minute, and Layun could be playing under a new coach in the Premier League. Layun’s versatility will be a vital attribute for him in the Premier League as he will be able to cover different positions in the squad, therefore the chances of Layun being in the team are positive.
Veteran defender Rafa Marquez appeared 28 times in all competitions for Serie A side Hellas Verona. Marquez led Hellas to a 12th place finish in the league and has stated he will be respecting his contract and wants his team to push for European competitions. Expectedly, Marquez did continue his poor discipline record as he collected three red cards throughout the season.
Aquino has appeared 25 times for Rayo Vallecano in La Liga this season, 13 of them coming from the start. A slightly disappointing season for him where he was experiencing lack of playing time on a regular basis and was openly criticised by manager Paco Jemez, saying he has to do more for the team and take on responsibility. Aquino was rumored to be making a move back to Liga MX but has denied the reports and started he is not looking for a return to Mexico.
After his magnificent performances at the World Cup in Brazil, Ochoa was attracting a lot of attention from clubs around Europe. Ochoa decided to sign for Malaga, which turned out to be a poor choice from the goalkeeper. He made zero appearances in La Liga for Malaga and only had 6 appearances in the Copa Del Rey.
Malaga chose Carlos Kameni as their number one goalkeeper and Ochoa was merely a backup. Ochoa will be participating in the Gold Cup this summer and will be looking to mirror his performances from the World Cup last year in order to attract other clubs to his services, as it seems certain that Ochoa will be looking to leave Malaga to get game time.