It’s no lie to say that Javier “Chicharito” Hernández is the best active Mexican striker, as he’s established as the most regular scorer for LA Galaxy, where he has scored two goals in the current season and 17 on the past season.
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Gerardo “Tata” Martino has not considered calling him even if one of the biggest problems that Mexico National Team currently has is the lack of a striker, as he vetoed Hernández since 2019, where he was involved in a scandal.
It doesn’t seem like the Argentine coach is going to open the door for an eventual return from “Chicharito” Hernández, who doesn’t lose the hope of wearing El Tri color for Qatar 2022, as he recently said in an interview.
But as long as Martino remains in El Tri, Hernández will have to keep waiting and the Argentine coach has to look for different striker if he wants to have a better chance of winning the games, and his best option is in England.
Who is the player that could fill the spot of “Chicharito”?
Since leaving Liga MX prior the start of the 2021-22 season, Santiago Muñoz had to wait seven months to finally score his first goal with the U-23 squad of Newcastle United, something he was able to do on Monday night, on the game against West Bromwich Albion.
Although his first goal wearing the Black and White was on a penalty shootout, this was the first time he scored during a game. His goal arrived after 51 minutes, after a pass of Joe Oliver that he placed at the bottom of the net with a header.
It took him over six months to be able to debut with the Magpies given that he had a lingering injury that prevented him from playing, but since he fully recovered, he’s been gaining regularity with the U-23 and has caught the eye of Eddie Howe.
Can he play for El Tri?
Muñoz has both American and Mexican citizenships, and even if the US Soccer national teams have reached to convince him to play for them, Muñoz remains committed to play for El Tri, given that they were the first that gave him the possibility of playing for a national team.