Herculez Gomez sees some of himself in Mexico hit-man Chicharito

The 30-year-old American striker showered praise on his counterpart, also highlighting that the two share similar characteristics.
Count Herculez Gomez among the many fans of prolific Mexican striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.

The Santos Laguna forward spoke to the media prior to his team's match against Mexico, which will feature the former Chivas and current Manchester United target man.

Gomez is an especially keen admirer, as he's able to see a bit of himself in the Little Pea.

"I see a lot of his characteristics in what I have," Gomez said. "I don't consider myself a guy who's going to be doing step-overs, and he isn't either.

"I depend on my movements, I depend on being mentally tough and whatever the situation is I weather it. He's the same type of kid. He handles himself so well."

Both strikers are poachers, and both have been performing well recently. Admittedly, with four goals in 11 Clausura games, Gomez is a bit behind the prolific Hernandez, who has 16 goals in 24 appearances with United in all competitions this season.

"From a striker's perspective, his movements are unreal," Gomez said. "He finds these gaps, these spaces and makes himself available. His goals might not be the prettiest, but he's such an effective player."

Gomez bounced around several teams in his career, finally experiencing consistent success in Mexico as he entered his late 20s. Hernandez has also overcome some recent adversity, as he's bounced back in 2012-13 after many thought Robin van Persie's arrival would spell the end of his tenure in Manchester.

"He's mentally very strong. He's such a strong kid mentally and he's taken every opportunity that's come his way," Gomez said. "When benched, when doubted, he keeps coming back."

Eric Gomez contributed reporting for this article from Mexico City