Why Bournemouth must beat AS Roma to sign Hector Herrera in January
According to a recent report by Tuttomercatoweb, AS Roma are interested in securing the services of Hector Herrera from FC Porto.
Hector Herrera, 28, is now in his sixth season in Portugal and has established himself as one of the most consistent midfielders in Europe. The Mexican has racked up over 200 appearances for FC Porto and has volumes of Champions League experience. On top of leading Porto to title triumph last season, he also had an impressive World Cup in the summer.
However, Hector Herrera’s contract at Estadio do Dragao expires at the end of the season, meaning the player would be available to join another team as a free agent in the summer. In order to recoup some money for the Mexican midfielder, Porto might have to sell him in the January transfer window.
With that being a good possibility, Bournemouth must rival AS Roma for Herrera’s signature.
Bournemouth have lost one of their key players in Lewis Cook for six to nine months following an ACL injury. Cook had become an important cog in Bournemouth’s engine room this season, forming an excellent partnership with summer signing Jefferson Lerma.
But with the former Leeds United prospect ruled out for the season, the Cherries don’t exactly have a similar profile of player that would complement the tough-tackling and tenacious Lerma in the middle of the park.
The likes of Andrew Surman, Dan Gosling and Marc Pugh are decent but Eddie Howe needs a player with top quality to replace Cook. That said, Howe should go all out to land Hector Herrera in a cut-price deal next month.
Herrera is vastly experienced at the international level, having earned 70 caps for the Mexican national side, scoring 5 goals for them. He primarily operates as a central midfielder but can also play in a more advanced role in the midfield.
Blessed with a wonderful technique, the Mexican uses his stocky figure to good effect, displaying exceptional close control in tight areas and has the ability to break up the opposition attacks with his tough tackling and start his team’s attack with crisp distribution and tireless running.
Known for his work rate, tenacity and dynamism, Herrera can also pick out a pass and has the ability to slip his teammates in behind the defence with delightful through balls. To sum it up, his tactical awareness often allows the others around him to pull the strings.
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The addition of Herrera will undoubtedly improve Eddie Howe’s midfield options. With his experience and know-how, the 70-cap Mexico international has the potential to be an impact signing for Bournemouth in the second half of the season.