Why Chelsea must go all out to sign Hirving Lozano from PSV
Hirving Lozano is a 23-year-old Mexican international forward who plays for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie. He is a right-sided attacking player who loves to switch flanks on every possible opportunity. He is a strong dribbler who is adept at crossing and likes to take the occasional shot on.
Nicknamed ‘Chucky’ because of his love for pranking and playing jokes on teammates, Lozano has developed into a top player over the last couple of seasons. His explosive pace added to his astute dribbling skills makes him any defender’s nightmare.
While his dribbling is what makes him stand out as a footballer, his crossing and finishing skills are also rather impressive. Capable of sudden changes in direction and pace, his main threat comes from the right hand side. He loves to cut in but when he does choose to cross the ball, it is usually a spectacular one.
Having already notched up 11 goals and 6 assists in 17 Eredivisie outings so far this term, Lozano has started this season with a bang and has already improved his market value drastically. Often deployed on the wing, his starting position is just for namesake. He is constantly moving along the front line and even turns up in the central striker’s position at times.
According to a report published by Marca, both Chelsea and Napoli are extremely keen on the youngster’s signature as Chelsea look to tempt Eden Hazard into signing a new contract by bringing in reinforcements for the ageing Willian and Pedro. He would be their 2nd signing this term having already confirmed the purchase of Christian Pulisic from Borrusia Dortmund.
Like Hazard, Lozano switches flanks frequently through games and would complement Eden Hazard’s dribbling extremely well. They would be able to work the ball between them using all the lovely flicks and tricks everyone is used to seeing from both players. They would also be able to make continuous threatening runs opening up more spaces for teammates to run in to.
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While Napoli would benefit from the Mexican’s attacking prowess, an attacking front three with Hazard and Pulisic next to Chucky could be too much for him to pass up on. If Sarri is gradually able to convert Hazard into a false-9 like he did with Dries Mertens at Napoli, then Pulisic and Lozano on either side of him would be a scary prospect for any defence to face.