This Thursday in Matchday 1 of the UEFA Europa League, Hirving Lozano, who has been a recurring starter this season for Napoli, seeks to score his 50th goal in European football and thus emulate his compatriot, Chicharito Hernández, who reached this figure in 117 games played for Manchester United.
Thursday 22 October’s game against AZ Alkmaar at the San Paolo Stadium, coincidentally it would be game number 38 with Napoli and 117 for Chucky since he landed in European territory in the summer of 2017 to sign with PSV Eindhoven, a club where he played a total of 79 games.
With the Dutch team, Lozano did not take long to shine and in three seasons he managed to score 40 goals: 34 in the Eredivisie, 2 in the Dutch Cup and 4 more between qualifying rounds and Group Stage of the Champions League.
The double he scored last weekend before him Atalanta in Serie A, meant his eighth and ninth goal with the shirt of the Italian team, where he had a first season (2019-2020), complicated and in which he only managed to score 5 times, 4 in the league and one in the Champions League.
Chicharito’s path to his first 50 goals
For 10 seasons in Europe, Javier Hernández managed to score 127 times with five different teams: Manchester United (59), Real Madrid (9), Bayer Leverkusen (39), West Ham (17), and Sevilla (3), but their first 50 goals fell wearing the Red Devils jersey.
In his debut campaign 2010-2011 he scored 20 goals in 45 games played. A year later (2011-2012), he played 36 times and could only score 12 goals. In the 2012-2013 season he had minutes in 36 duels and was present on the scoreboard 18 times to reach 50 goals this time in the Old Continent.
Chucky’s first time in the Europa League Group Stage
Despite the fact that in 2019, before being transferred to Napoli, he played three games with PSV Eindhoven in qualifying rounds of this competition, It will be the first time that Chucky Lozano has played a match in the Group Stage of the Europa League.
Before dressing in light blue, Hirving had the chance to play three duels with the Farmers, who were eliminated in the Third Qualifying Round by NK Osijek of the first division of Croatia. Lozano played 149 minutes in the three games, starting only one of them.