The Scouting Report: 'Little Pea' presses for a chance on the big stage

Javier Hernandez, Mexico

If, as Javier Hernandez says, the result not the identity of the scorer matters, then he will hope not to emulate his grandfather. In the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland Tomas Balcazar found the net against France, although any joy was short-lived. The French were awarded a late penalty which provoked several members of the Mexico team to attack the referee. The spot-kick was converted by Raymond Kopa and France won.

Like France, Mexico have their own debate about centre-forwards. It does not carry the ferocity of that eddying around Thierry Henry but there are many, especially in Hernandez's home city of Guadalajara ,who believe that Blacazar's grandson should start in Polokwane today.

The 17-minute cameo he delivered against the hosts persuaded many that he should take the place of Guillermo Franco. Carlos Reinoso, one of Mexico's leading managers and now an analyst, thought the 22-year-old, who will join Manchester United next month, demanded inclusion; citing his pace, movement and the fact that he is "a little different" to the average striker, adding: "Chicharito looked lethal."

"Chicharito" is Hernandez's nickname, which means "Little Pea" – his father, Javier Hernandez Gutierrez, was "Big Pea", so called because of his green eyes. He also represented Mexico in a World Cup in 1986. Those who have seen him regularly for Chivas de Guadalajara describe his son as a natural, who scored with virtually his first touch on his debut against Necaxa. He came to United's attention through a friendship between a former Mexico international, Marco Garces, who was studying sports science in Liverpool, and their chief scout Jim Lawlor.

Lawlor spent three weeks in Mexico observing him – and it was a goal in a 2-0 victory over New Zealand that persuaded Lawlor that United should bid. Their offer was reported as anything between £7m-10m.

Information provided exclusively by The Scouting Network, a specialist agency which provides information for the leading clubs in Europe

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

Orthorexia nervosa

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests
Mexico: A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life

The dark side of Mexico

A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life
Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border