Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez showed why Hull City made him their record signing in Monday night’s 2-2 draw at home to Wet Ham United, netting on his Premier League debut with a 39th-minute header.
Signed from Palermo at the transfer deadline, the £10 million man looked set to miss the match at one point due to visa issues but, after training with his new teammate for the first time over the weekend, saw manager Steve Brue name him in the starting lineup – a decision which he rewarded with the opening goal of the game.
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Perhaps the one area of concern stats-wise was Hernandez’s lack of success winning duels, but it was an otherwise efficient performance from the South American front man, whose finishing prowess was clear to see.
Aged 24, he had been linked to both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur last summer following Palermo’s relegation to Serie B, before making the surprise decision to remain with the club, so Hull should consider his acquisition somewhat of a coup.
Having joined the Italian side from Penarol in 2009, aged 18, his six seasons with the Rosanero were disrupted with injuries but he still achieved a respectable record of 17 goals in 42 Serie A starts, while also netting 14 times in 28 appearances during the 2013-14 campaign to help the side bounce back to the top tier.
A member of Uruguay’s World Cup squad in Brazil, the highly-rated marksman might not be in the same league as international teammates Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani but, there are clear reasons to believe that he can be a success in England given his commendable start.