Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has now gone 13 games for club and country without a goal.
Last Saturday, the Bayer Leverkusen striker had a golden opportunity to end his scoring drought, but instead provided a weak attempt from the penalty spot that was easily saved by Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow. Thanks to the save from Schwolow in the 88th minute, Roger Schmidt’s side went on to finish the Bundesliga match at home with a disappointing 1-1 draw.
In order to find the last time that Hernandez found the back of the net, one would have to go all the way back to Leverkusen’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Oct. 1. Since then, Hernandez has launched a total of 24 shots for El Tri and Leverkusen without a single goal to his name.
The Mexican superstar is clearly struggling and it appears he is in need of a rest.
After taking part in two World Cup qualifying matches, two Champions League games and four Bundesliga matches in one month, Hernandez should be given some time on the sidelines to recoup his energy.
With a spot already guaranteed in the next round of the Champions League, it would be ideal for Hernandez to be placed on Leverkusen’s bench in the upcoming game against Monaco on Tuesday. Following this week’s match, the striker will have just three Bundesliga games left before a well-needed winter recess.
Let’s check-in with some of Hernandez’s Mexican peers in Europe and see how they fared over the past few days:
Raul Jimenez, FW, Benfica (Portugal)
After being substituted on during the 68th minute, Jimenez nearly scored off a header for Benfica last Friday. With only a limited amount of time on the field, the striker could do little to help his squad in the 2-1 away loss to Maritimo.
Guillermo Ochoa, GK, Granada (Spain)
Ochoa collected four vital saves for Granada on Saturday’s 2-1 win over Sevilla. The goalkeeper, who appears to be regaining confidence, has now led Granada to just one loss in the last five games in all competitions.
Pedro Arce, MF, Veria (Greece)
The 25-year-old midfielder took part in 89 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Panetolikos. Arce has now started in Veria’s last nine matches.
Hector Moreno, DF, PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Playing once again as a left-back, Moreno took part in the full 90 minutes of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Roda JC Kerkrade. The defender finished the match with countless long passes from the left wing.
Diego Reyes, DF, Espanyol (Spain)
Reyes was impressive for Espanyol in his central defensive role against Atletico Madrid over the weekend. The 24-year-old provided several interceptions and clearances that solidified a noteworthy 0-0 away draw.
Jonathan dos Santos, MF, Villarreal (Spain)
Dos Santos was substituted in during the 71st minute of the weekend’s 0-0 away draw with Leganes. The midfielder was active through his distribution and wide coverage for Villarreal.
Miguel Layun, DF, Porto (Portugal)
After returning from injury, Layun returned to his old spot for Porto as a left-back. In his 75 minutes on the field against Braga on Saturday, the high-pressing defender launched a handful of threatening crosses in the 1-0 win.
Jesus Corona, FW, Porto (Portugal)
Corona played the full 90 minutes for Porto and was highly energetic on the right wing. The 23-year-old was unlucky to not finish with an assist through his clever passing in Braga’s defensive third of the pitch.
Hector Herrera, MF, Porto (Portugal)
The midfielder was introduced to Porto’s match in the 75th minute. Herrera scored in the 89th minute, but the opportunity was immediately disallowed after an offside call. Luckily for Porto, Rui Pedro scored the game-winning goal just minutes after Herrera’s chance.
Carlos Salcedo, DF, Fiorentina (Italy)
Salcedo was superb for Fiorentina on Sunday’s 2-1 win against Palermo. The defender led the team in passing and helped create a few dangerous opportunities with his distribution.
No playing time
Marco Fabian, MF, Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Fabian was suspended for one game after accumulating five yellow cards. The midfielder missed out on the 1-1 away draw with Augsburg on Sunday.
Andres Guardado, MF, PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Guardado is recovering from a thigh injury and is expected to return later on this month.
Carlos Vela, FW, Real Sociedad (Spain)
Vela’s next La Liga match is scheduled to be played on Monday against Deportivo La Coruna.