Hector Herrera received two yellow cards within 40 seconds of each other to see red for Porto last night.
In August 2012 it was heavily reported that Hector Herrera, a young Mexican talent who had shone at the Olympic Games in London was all set to stay in England - with Liverpool or Manchester United ready to splash out around £10 million to bring the player they call ‘Zorro’ to the Premier League.
The news was even broken by his former club Pachuca’s sporting director Andres Fassi:
‘’There is official interest but there’s nothing else to add at this time. We have a document. We know he’s going to emigrate to England. Manchester United and Liverpool have talked to us.’’
But after watching what he did for FC Porto last night, both sides will probably be glad that this deal never proved successful.
In the end, Herrera stayed with Pachuca last season before securing a move to Porto in June this year, signing on an €8 million deal to move to Portugal.
So far he has found it difficult breaking into the first-team, but was given the chance to prove his stuff against Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League last night.
Interestingly, his nickname ‘zorro’ means ‘fox’ in English, a beast with a reputation for its cunning and shrewd predatory instincts - but there was nothing remotely astute or wily about Herrera’s very brief appearance for Porto yesterday.
He received two yellow cards within 40 seconds of each other to see himself sent off after just six minutes.
First, he scythed down Hulk like a bull in a proverbial china shop and then, inexplicably, encroached on the resultant free-kick - leaving the referee with no choice but to show him red.
If this was his way of stamping authority on a place in the starting XI, he might want to rethink his tactics.
Porto went on to lose the game, 1-0 to Zenit St Petersburg at home…
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