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The Pachuca star is one of the up coming midfielders in world football and with the Confederations Cup on us, we take a closer look at the Mexican.

                                                            Full name : Héctor Miguel Herrera López

                                                            Date of birth : 19 April 1990 (age 23)

                                                            Place of birth : Rosarito, Mexico

                                                            Height 1.80 m : (5 ft 11 in)

                                                            Playing position : Box-to-box midfielder

The Confederations Cup is not far away and as we edge closer to the competition, there will be loads of youngsters who will be worth watching as they try to oust their compatriots from the starting berth and prove their worth. Hector Herrera will be one of them as the Pachuca midfielder will try to upset the big boys with a relatively inexperienced Mexico side. Goal takes a closer look at the El Tri midfielder who is seen as a vital cog in Jose Manuel de la Torre's set-up

Career :

Herrera began playing football for the youth sides of Pachuca. Herrera made his Mexican Primera División debut for Pachuca in a 4–1 defeat to Santos Laguna on 23 July 2011. He would make 14 appearances for Pachuca en route to winning the Golden Ball as the rookie of the 2011 Apertura tournament.

Herrera is a product of the Pachuca academy

Style of play :

Herrera is as an archetypal box-to-box midfielder. His high work ethic combined with his tidiness on the ball make him an all-action midfielder. As a youth he was nicknamed El Zorrillo (skunk) and Zorro (fox) because of his astuteness on the field. Herrera ticks all the boxes and loves to join attacks, while being equally adept helping the defence.

'El Zorrillo' Herrera

On the move :

A string of impressive performances garnered the interest of the European heavyweights. Manchester United were amongst the suitors as the midfielder had all the attributes to make it to the highest level. But Herrera recently claimed that he will be moving to FC Porto along with his compatriot Diego Reyes. Herrera is seen by the Portugese powerhouse as a potential replacement for the AS Monaco bound Joao Moutinho. Speaking to Mexican tabloid Excelsior, Herrera said,“The truth is that I am very happy to know that I’m not going alone and that I will go with a colleague that I have spent much time and have a good relationship with. Thus, it is another joy for me. It is a major challenge for us both and we will be in it together. First, I have to do things with Porto in order to later go to Spain or England, with a more renowned team. I know that many great players have played for this club, were sold and went on to succeed with the giant European clubs. I hope I can do the same.”

Herrera will be joined by Reyes at Porto

Honours and Achievements :

Although Herrera hasn't played much for the Mexican national team, he has been a relevation for the Under-23 side. He was an integral part of the Toulon Tournament and the Olympic Games in 2012, as the El Tri went on to win both. Herrera was also awarded with the Meilleur Joueur in the Toulon Tournament, given to the best player in the tournament.

Expectations from the Confederations Cup :

Herrera has tasted Olympic glory

Against all the odds, Mexico won the Olympics Gold, upsetting firm favourites Brazil. A similar sort of performance can be expexted from the El Tri in the Confederations Cup. Herrera's exploits in the U-23 level has ensured that he starts for the senior side. In a side that consists of few stars like Javier Hernandez, Hererra would be itching to make his mark too.

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