A closer look at the Mexico men who get the nod over Hernandez

Javier Hernandez celebrates goal for Mexico

With Javier Hernandez set to start from the bench against Cameroon, let's take a closer look at coach Migual Herrera's preferred striking pair.

There had been speculation all week to suggest Hernandez would not make the starting eleven, and it's now been confirmed that Mexico will kick off their 2014 World Cup with the Manchester United striker amongst the substitutes. 

Coach Miguel Herrera has been consistent in his use of an attacking 5-3-2 formation, but even with two centre forwards the 46-year-old has looked past Hernandez. Here is a closer look at the striking pair set to start for Mexico this evening. 

1. Oribe Peralta 

At the age of 30 Peralta is something of a late bloomer. You could say he's the Mexican Rickie Lambert, whilst you could also make a case to say Peralta is the best number 9 currently playing his football outside of Europe. After yet another impressive season at Santos Laguna, the striker has completed a $10m move to Club América making him the most expensive signing in the history of Mexican football. Peralta has a good goalscoring record for his country averaging a goal in every two games, and you may remember him from the London Olympics where he netted a brace in the final to clinch football gold for Mexico. 

2. Giovani dos Santos

The 25-year-old forward who never managed to make a sufficient impact at Tottenham Hotspur has matured in La Liga, becoming a staple part of Marcelino García Toral's Villarreal side that finished 6th last season. Dos Santos was awarded runner up in the FIFA Young Player of the Tournament award at the previous World Cup in South Africa, but since then the pacey 5"9 Mexican has seen his role as an attacking midfielder evolve into that of a striker, playing off the shoulder of the last defender for both club and country. 

 

So with Miguel Herrera's decision Javier Hernandez has little choice but to seek to make an impact from the bench, but this is something the 26-year-old is entirely used to - and possibly one of the reasons for his exclusion. 

At Manchester United Hernandez has built a reputation for being an effective super-sub, and it's a reputation he has openly welcomed

In 2012 Hernandez said: "I just want to help my team, I don’t care if I’m on the bench."

Hernandez's ego free approach to football is refreshing, and the Mexican clearly understands the need to play in any role so long as it is what's best for the team. This is a quality that will endear him to managers and it seems to have crossed over into his involvement with the national side.

Mexico have a serious weapon with the Manchester United forward ready to impact the game from the bench, and don't be surprised if he changes the game when he finally is introduced, after all it's what he does best. 

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