10 Up-and-Coming Mexican Strikers Who Can Be the Next Chicharito
The Mexican national team has always been a breeding ground for great talent. However, the current senior squad is one of the best the country has ever seen.
Under the umbrella of the senior team is a host of talented young forward's that populate the U17, U20 and U23 sides for their country.
Many of them are pushing for a chance to oust some of the supporting cast of star striker Javier Hernandez and try their best to take their place in the first team alongside their nation's most deadly attacker in years.
However, only a few will truly be able to fulfill their dream, but all of them posses the talent to try and become the next Chicharito, and all could potentially make a major name for themselves in Europe over the next several years.
David Izazola continues to push himself to make it through the ranks of the Mexican national system.
The recently turned 21-year-old maintains his current place in the U20 national team with five appearances and one goal, but he hopes to make a move to the U23 side and eventually the senior side in the coming year.
Chivas Guadalajara youngster Carlos Fierro is one of the most promising young talents in Mexico's youth system.
The 18-year-old has four international goals to his name with the U17 Mexican national squad and looks to have a bright future.
Pachuca's 18-year-old striker Marco Bueno continues to prove he is a strong up and coming young talent in the Mexican national system.
Bueno was part of the U17's World Cup winning side and has already scored four goals for Pachuca's first team.
Another young Pachuca forward on the rise in the Mexican youth ranks is wide attacker Julio Gomez.
A member of the U17 national team since 2010, Gomez has made seven appearances for the tri-colors scoring three goals.
Tigres U.A.N.L. and Mexican U17 international Jonathan Espericueta helped to secure the U17 world cup for his nation and has already began to break into the first team for his club in recent months.
In his one appearance this campaign for Tigres he scored a goal off of the bench. He currently has the best strike rate at his club, one appearance, one shot and one goal.
Edson Rivera is a popular potential back up for Mexico's Javier Hernandez according to ESPN.
The youngster recently returned to Atlas after time in Portugal with Braga's second division side, Braga B, and if he continues to perform at the top level, he is likely to make the cut for the 2014 World Cup side should they qualify.
Tigres 21-year-old striker Alan Pulido has been making a fast name for himself with the Mexican national team.
He has nine goals between the 22 appearances he shares in the U20 and U23 National teams and is set to make his debut for the senior side in the coming months once the hexagonal of the CONCACAF world cup qualifying campaign kicks off.
Taufic Guarch has been on the verge of a berth in the senior Mexican national team over the past months.
The youngster had dreamed of a chance to represent his nation at the Olympic games over the summer in 2012 according to a interview with Goal.com in May of this year.
However, his dream is to now play his way into the 2014 World Cup squad if the nation qualifies.
Club America's 21-year-old striker Raul Jimenez is on the verge of making it to the full senior side of the Mexican national team.
The likes of competition from Oribe Peralta and Aldo de Nigris is tough, but the youngster's determination is set to hopefully be the difference.
Jimenez has six goals in 32 games for America since 2010 and has one goal in the U23 side, but his ability to create for a front man makes him that much more valuable in the long run if he is called up.
Erick Torres Padilla
Erick Torres Padilla is one of the youngest and brightest young Mexican attackers in the game and in his national team.
The 19-year-old forward posses a 6' 2" frame that sees him strike an imposing stature against his opposition.
He has moved through the ranks of the U17, U20 and U23 national teams, and is anticipated as one of the next call ups for the senior squad as he continues to fight for a place at the 2014 World Cup.
Padilla also has already spent two full season's in the first team at Chivas Guadalajara, scoring 13 goals in 59 appearances for the club.