Hull City have signed Abel Hernandez for a club-record fee, so what are the numbers behind his career to date?
Hull City completed the £10million signing of Abel Hernandez on what was a busy transfer deadline day for the Tigers.
The Uruguayan forward was joined at the KC Stadium by Mohamed Diame, Gaston Ramirez and Hatem Ben Arfa.
Hernandez arrived from Italian club Palermo in what was a club-record fee for Hull, and there is little doubt their fans will be very pleased with the club’s business.
In the latest in our series on the numbers behind a player’s career to date, we take a closer look at Steve Bruce’s new signing.
160 – The number of club appearances Hernandez has made so far in his career. The 24-year-old has played 122 games for Palermo, eight for Penarol and 30 for Central Espanyol, where he began his senior career.
43 – The number of club goals the new Hull striker has scored. He netted nine times for Central Espanyol, three times for Penarol and on 31 occasions for Palermo.
0 – The number of times Hernandez has been sent off in his club career. He has also received just 18 yellow cards during his time in Italy.
14 – The number of times Hull City’s club-record signing has been capped by his country. He has scored seven goals for Uruguay in that time, averaging a goal every other game.
59 – The number of games the forward has missed in his career due to injury. His most notable injury was a cruciate ligament rupture that ruled him out from October 2012 to April 2013. However, he has since looked fighting fit and Hull will be hoping that continues.
Verdict – Given his previous injury blow and the fact he needs to acclimatise to a new league, shelling out £10million for Hernandez is risky. But he is a very talented forward and is a good age to make the move, with experience and maturity but with time to settle and improve.
Hull have made a big statement following their deadline day business and Hernandez has the potential to be one of their star players moving forward, as proved by his international goal-scoring record.