Hirving Lozano is getting his European move. The Mexican has completed a move from Pachuca to PSV Eindhoven, where the hope is that he will take the next step in his career and go from dynamic youngster to outright star.
How does this move look for club and country?
PSV willingly play young players so they won't have any issue turning to the 21-year-old attacker, who should be a dangerous player right from the start. He's not just torn up Liga MX with Pachuca, but he transitioned to the big stage and (at times) higher level of competition with Mexico and never looked uncomfortable, so there's reason to think he'll handle the Eredivisie move well. That he's landing in an attack-minded league should make things easier too, while the presence of fellow Mexican Andres Guardado definitely helps.
PSV slipped up a bit last season, going from champions to third in the Eredisie, so they're in need of some upgrades. Their issue was scoring goals, scoring 11 fewer goals than second place Ajax and 18 fewer goals than champions Feyernoord, all with a league-best defense. Lozano will get the chance to step in and take a spot on either wing, as PSV try to match their rivals in front of goal and return to the top of the table.
Juan Carlos Osorio has pushed players to make the move to Europe so he'll surely be pleased that Lozano is making the leap. It's becoming increasingly clear that Lozano is going to be a key player for Mexico, joining Carlos Vela and Jesus "Tecatito" Corona as the team's best wingers. The key to Lozano keeping that important place in El Tri, and even becoming an outright star for the national team, is continued playing time and development.
PSV is an excellent place to grow and develop. Their need for an improved attack also means that he shouldn't struggle for playing time. There's little reason to think that PSV won't be a great place for Lozano's development, and with that his growth from the future of El Tri to a bonafide star.
There's no reason to think that PSV will be it for Lozano. They are, to a degree, an incubator for young talent. Odds are that the Mexican will only spend two or three years in the Eredivisie, growing into a dominant player before making the leap to a bigger league and club.
Remember, Manchester City were sniffing around Lozano with the intention of loaning him to the Eredivisie. While there's no telling of Lozano will become good enough to play for a club like Manchester City, he will almost certainly move on from PSV to a bigger club. This is a stepping stone for Lozano -- an important one as he gets his feet wet in Europe and develops, but with plenty more to come.
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