Manchester United loanee Javier Hernandez is among 10 players who have been nominated for the prestigious CONCACAF Player of the Year award for 2014, reported by Spanish paper Marca.
The honour is awarded to the best player from the North American confederation, Central America and the Caribbean and will be presented at the upcoming Ballon d’Or gala.
In many ways it is a surprise nomination for the United striker given his limited playing time throughout 2014 for both the Red Devils and his new loan club Real Madrid.
Hernandez – commonly known as Chicharito – endured a frustrating 2013/14 campaign at Old Trafford and featured sparingly towards the end of the campaign.
Similarly with United, unsurprisingly Chicharito has found first-team football hard to come by as he has accustomed to being Karim Benzema’s deputy for the lone striker role.
In fact, he has featured for a total of 154 minutes throughout the La Liga campaign to date, scoring three times from one start and six substitute appearances.
While his inclusion might be scratching a few heads, arguably the biggest shock of all is the exclusion of former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela given his fabulous scoring record at fellow La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.
Here are the 10 names listed for the award.
Celso Borges, Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas, Giovani dos Santos, Javier Hernandez, Guillermo Ochoa, Rafael Marquez, Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey.