As it does every year, the British newspaper The Guardian released its list of the 60 best football prospects around the world. For 2021, The Guardian considered the best players born in 2004, and only one Mexican player was included. He is Jesús Hernández, a youth player of the Gallos Blancos de Querétaro, who currently plays most of his matches with the U-20 team.
Jesús Hernandez Moreno, 17 years old, plays in the forward position and had a successful debut in the U-20 category. In January of this year, he scored two goals and despite playing in a category that is not his age, he has become a fundamental part of the team's offensive scheme. The publication highlighted that, thanks to his qualities, it only took him eight months to be considered among the players who play in the First Division.
During the Gurad1anes 2021 tournament, he played all the matches of the regular phase. In the course of the Grita México Apertura 2021, he has been considered as a starter in the Fuerzas Básicas team on five occasions. On the other hand, Héctor Altamirano and Leonardo Ramos, the two coaches who have occupied the bench in the current semester, have called him up for four matches on the bench.
Among his physical qualities, his height stands out, as he is 1.82 meters ( 5'8") tall. Thanks to this, he has great strength when it comes to disputing the ball and meets the ideal characteristics of a center forward. The publication also highlighted his intelligence when it comes to distributing the ball and the ease with which he recovers it by putting pressure on the opposing backline.
According to the level of play exhibited so far, as well as his key role in the 20-year-old Mexican National Team, the media assured that "it may only be a matter of time before he is called up to the senior national team, especially if the goals start to flow".
The fact that Hernández appeared on the list is surprising, as his talent and the elite status in which he was listed contrasts with the current situation of his team in Mexico's First Division. During the current campaign, the Gallos Blancos have not been able to leave the bottom of the table and in eleven games have only been able to accumulate 10 out of a possible 33 points.
The offense is one of the areas in which they have suffered in the last tournament. With only six goals, they are tied with Pumas of Club Universidad Nacional as the worst attack. In return, they have conceded 11 goals and are far from being able to aspire to the playoffs, despite the fact that the format gives the opportunity to play in the playoffs to the 12 teams with the best points.
The list also includes a name that is well known and resonated with greater intensity during the tournaments that the Mexican National Team played in the summer. This is Luka Romero, the midfielder was born in Mexico but his parents are of Argentinean origin. Thanks to the second condition, the publication assigned him the South American nationality, although he was very close to deciding to wear the tricolor jersey.
Romero recently joined the Italian team Lazio. Among his qualities is his versatility in the midfield, as he is capable of playing in any position in the midfield as long as it is in the offensive modality. At 17 years of age, he has already played in Serie A matches. So far, he has only worn the blue-and-white jersey in the youth national teams, although he could also play for Spain or Mexico.