Scout Report: Carlos Fierro (Mexico)Posted: April 11, 2012
Valderramarama is back after a busy period, and first up is a brief look at potentially the next big thing to come out of Chivas…
Fierro was part of the Mexico squad which won the U17 World Cup on home turf last year and certainly made an impression in front of visiting scouts. The 17-year-old, who has already made eight appearances for his club, Chivas Guadalajara, impressed at the U17 World Cup by netting four goals and creating two goals in seven games, finishing as their top scorer for the tournament.
At just 5ft 9, Fierro is your typical Sergio Aguero-style forward. He may not be the tallest of strikers but knows how to use his body to keep the ball and has his fair share of headed goal has tremendous pace and close control, but the intriguing attribute about him is his willingness to drop deep and carry the ball.
His finishing is his top attribute though and being a striker, you need a decent strike conversion rate. Give Fierro a chance and you can almost guarantee he’ll test the opposition keeper. You only have to ask France, who he terrorised during the 3-2 Quarter-Final win in the tournament, setting up the opener before scoring the winner in the second -half. See Fierro’s involvment in the 2-1 win over France in action here.
He struck a formidable partnership with Liverpool’s Marco Bueno during the tournament and it’s his movement between the lines of the defence which allows him to get into goalscoring positions.
Obviously, due to Fierro’s nationality and club, the comparisons between himself and Javier Hernandez are inevitable. But Fierro is more well-rounded than the Man Utd striker, coming deep to get the ball and dribbling with it, whereas ‘Chicharito’ prefers to play with the ‘fox-in-the-box’ mentality.
Although many pundits have tipped him for a move, the general opinion is that Fierro is happy playing at his local club and the media believe he should wait before moving to Europe. He is currently being courted by the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Inter Milan, but it would seem that if Man Utd showed an interest, he would be more inclined to join his compatriot Hernandez at Old Trafford.
And if Fierro can continue his impressive scoring form, there’s no reason why he couldn’t go on to become a top player, perhaps even emulating Hernandez’s acheivements.