As the season(s) begin to end, it’s time to look back and grade the Mexicans in Europe on their 2017/18 performances. Several Mexicans turned their seasons around, increasing their grade significantly while getting prepared for the huge task they will have in Russia 2018.
Take a look at how they did…
Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano, PSV: A+
There’s no Mexican who can outshine Hirving Lozano for the 2017/18 season. From scoring in his debut game, leading the league in scoring for a long stretch of time, to winning a championship – Lozano had a nearly perfect season. The winger recorded 19 goals and 11 assists in his first season at PSV. He did have a little bit of a hiccup in the season when he was suspended for several games, yet, his impact was instant when he returned.
Tecatito Corona, FC Porto: C
It wasn’t a spectacular season for the winger at FC Porto. He had a lot of ups and downs along the way, but he did look sharp towards the end of the season. Thankfully, Tecatito can look back with positivity since FC Porto claimed the Liga NOS title over Benfica.
Guillermo Ochoa, Standard Liége: B
The keeper for Mexico had an interesting season over in Belgium. He maintained his starting spot, even took home a title in the Belgian Cup. The only real downside is the fact that the move to Belgium was not the best he could’ve done, however, he stayed in-form for the length of the season.
Diego Reyes, FC Porto: C+
Along with Tecatito, Diego will walk away from the 2017/18 season with a championship. It wasn’t the best season for Diego, as he never had a solidified spot with FC Porto. He did play well in the times he was given the start, even heading home three goals in all competitions.
Chicharito, West Ham: D
His move away from Bayer Leverkusen was risky and it proved to be a poor one. Chicharito’s West Ham side struggled mightily throughout the season in the EPL. After sacking Slaven Bilić, West Ham brought on a not so friendly face for Chicharito in David Moyes. From there, Moyes had no real intentions of giving Chicharito his starts, hurting his overall form. If Chicharito can’t get in striking shape for the World Cup, it will be all linked to the season he had at West Ham.
Omar Govea, Royal Excel Mouscron: B+
Omar was given a test in his loan to Royal Mouscron. FC Porto wanted the midfielder to use this as a chance to prove himself – and he did just that. As he locked himself as a starter, Omar recorded four goals and six assists for the Belgian side. Will he see himself in Russia 2018? It’s not certain. However, Omar will definitely be an option for the Mexican national team moving forward.
Raúl Jiménez, Benfica: B-
It was the prototypical season for Raúl at Benfica. He started the year with very few opportunities, then finished in good shape. It was difficult for Raúl, as Benfica stuck to a one striker formation and saw Jonas on-fire the entire season. He did end up earning more minutes in the second half of the year, even winning starts in place of an injured Jonas.
Héctor Moreno, Real Sociedad: B-
Héctor almost suffered the same fate as Chicharito in 2017/18. He moved on from PSV to Roma and saw nearly no minutes. His move to Italy was supposed to be a big one for the player and club, but Moreno ended up rescuing his year by signing with Real Sociedad. After giving up plenty of goals in the Champions League, it looked like Roma was on the wrong side of the Moreno situation.
Marco Fabián, Eintracht Frankfurt: C+
His grade should be higher but a back injury hindered a large portion of his year in the Bundesliga. Marco did, however, get back into shape and helped Frankfurt immensely. His return to action was received with open arms at Frankfurt, reassuring his move to Europe was the right one.
Héctor Herrera, FC Porto: A
Just behind Hirving Lozano in having a successful year was Héctor Herrera. His impact for FC Porto was priceless, all while captaining the Portuguese side. To make matters even better, it was his game-winning goal against Benfica which ultimately catapulted FC Porto to the Liga NOS title.
Uriel Antuna, Groningen: C
The winger from Santos Laguna was one of the new faces to Europe from Mexico. His impact with the Eredivisie side Groningen wasn’t huge, yet, it was the first steps into seeing first flight European football. He played in 10 Eredivisie matches, then finished the year with Jong FC Groningen in which he recorded two goals and an assist.
Andrés Guardado, Real Betis: A
Like Chicharito and Moreno, Andrés Guardado took a risk moving to Real Betis from PSV. However, the move paid off for the midfielder. Andrés was a major factor for the Spanish side in their 5th place finish. He ended up recording two goals and 8 assists along the way.
Miguel Layún, Sevilla: B
Miguel suffered the same fate as many players at FC Porto in being shuffled around. When he saw an opportunity to leave, he joined Spanish side Sevilla. The move proved to be a good one, as he was plugged into the system right off the bat. He has shown his versatility with playing on the left and right side, as well as in the midfield.
Carlos Salcedo, Eintracht Frankfurt: A
Carlos had one special season with Eintracht Frankfurt. He solidified himself as a starting center-back and at the end of the year, earned himself a nomination for the EA Sports “Team of the season” in the Bundesliga. In short, this is the type of work fans love to see with the Mexicans abroad, especially in such an important year.