Henry Martin, Hirving Lozano stay red-hot, Orbelin Pineda trending down

Henry Martin, Hirving Lozano stay red-hot, Orbelin Pineda trending down
From ESPN - February 6, 2018

Little by little, the World Cup is quickly inching closer to its opening date of June 14th. With only a few months to go until Russia 2018, several national teams are now fine-tuning their tactics and rosters before the much-anticipated tournament.

For Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio, he too will need to soon decide which 23 players will represent El Tri. Although it can be argued that most of the roster is already set, there is still space for a few players to sneak into a last minute plane ticket for Russia.

With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the recent best and worst individual performances in this week's Mexico Hot List.

Warming up

Henry Martin, FW, Club America (Mexico)

Why he's here: Martin has greatly exceeded expectations so far this season. Once a backup player for Club Tijuana, the striker has become a revelation for Club America in 2018. The 25-year-old, who collected a hat trick during Saturday's 5-1 win over Lobos BUAP, now has five goals in five games this campaign.

What this means: Unfortunately, he is still a long shot to go to the World Cup. European-based strikers such as Javier Hernandez and Raul Jimenez have all but secured a place on the roster, and there's no guarantee that Osorio will bring a third center-forward. All that said, if he somehow maintains this scoring rate, it would not be shocking if he forced his way into El Tri's squad.

Hirving Lozano, FW, PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Why he's here: What more could you ask of "Chucky" Lozano? On Saturday, the winger was brilliant with his two assists for PSV in their 4-0 victory against PEC Zwolle. In his 19 Eredivisie appearances, the Mexican international has been prolific, registering 12 goals and nine assists.

What this means: El Tri's most promising young prospect is set to be a potential breakout star at the World Cup. All signs also point to a big summer transfer for the 22-year-old who is thriving in his first European season.

Arturo Gonzalez, MF, Monterrey (Mexico)

Why he's here: Is this the year where Gonzalez finally develops into one of the best players in La MX? Following Saturday's 5-1 win over Leon, the 2011 Under-17 World Cup champion now has three goals in his last four matches.

Cooling down


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