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The player that could take Javier Hernández place in Mexico National Team; he’s in FC Barcelona’s radar

“Chicharito” won’t return to El Tri with Martino as coach.

El Tri is looking for a striker for Qatar 2022.
El Tri is looking for a striker for Qatar 2022.

One of the biggest problems that Mexico National Team has faced in the last year is the lack of goals that they have had, as between the four strikers that Gerardo “Tata” Martino called during the CONCACAF Qualifiers, they managed to score only six goals.

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On the 14 games that were played on the last stage of the Qualifiers, Raúl Jiménez was the Mexican striker that scored the most goals, with three -all of them from the penalty mark-. Rogelio Funes Mori scored two more and Henry Martín scored the last one.

Santiago Giménez, who received his call up for the last three games of the Qualifiers, was the only forward that couldn’t find the net. But the lack of consistency is something that keeps worrying not only Martino, but all the Mexican followers.

The fans and even the soccer specialists couldn’t figure out why Martino refused to call a player like Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, who currently is the Mexican striker with the best active streak, as he’s scored five goals in the 2022 MLS Season.

Hernández won’t play in El Tri until Martino leaves

When asked about his absence, Martino said that he hasn’t considered him, as he looks for different qualities on the players he wants on his team, closing the door to his return to the Mexican national team, at least until Martino leaves.

But his absence in the Aztec squad opens the door to a different player that is being considered by FC Barcelona as one of their next gems, although Samuel Mendoza can’t sign with them and become part of La Masía until he turns 18.

Mendoza, who currently is 17, was part of a tryout in Barcelona before the pandemic started, where he impressed the coaches of the academy teams and even played with Ansu Fati. For now, he’s part of one of Barcelona’s academies, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Samuel Mendoza

Can he play for El Tri?

Even if he was born in the United States, Mendoza has the dual citizenship thanks to his Mexican family, which have opened the doors for him to wear El Tri colors, something that he’s done in the past, as he’s been part of the U-15 squad.

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