PSV forward Hirving Lozano became a hero for his country yersterday, as Mexico ran out 1-0 victors over defending World Cup champions Germany thanks to his 35th minute goal, and Everton fans will have been watching closely.
The Merseyside outfit are keen on striking a deal for the 22-year-old prodigy, reported the Liverpool Echo this month, with PSV director Marcel Brands joining the Blues from the Dutch giants this window.
Interest was already notable from Everton this summer, and it will only intensify after the starlet’s performance at the highest level.
Lozano punished a strangely languid Germany side after numerous warnings on the counter – as Joshua Kimmich and Marvin Plattenhardt raided forward constantly – sending the stadium into raptures, with a brilliant solo goal.
And it would prove to be decisive, as Mexico failed to capitalise on a plethora opportunities to put the game to bed.
Initial concerns over the forward were regarding his previous experience, having plied his trade in the Mexican league and now the Eredivisie, which with all due respect, are both a different kettle of fish from the Premier League. But he truly proved his metal yesterday.
Lozano’s 19 goals and 11 assists last term bode well for his future, but his biggest statement undoubtedly came against Germany, and the world’s eyes will now be transfixed on him in their next clash against South Korea on Saturday.
Toffees fans bemoaned the pragmatic style of football under Sam Allardyce last term, having finished 19th for number of shots registered, shots on target and chances created in England’s top tier, highlighting the need for creative players this summer, and Lozano would go a long-way towards solving the problem.
Marco Silva is likely to persist with Cenk Tosun next term, as his Champions League pedigree dovetails with owner Farhad Moshiri’s desire to for European football in the near future, and the Turk’s impact could become doubled along-side the creative Mexican.