After failing to appear for Los Rojiblancos in the first month of the season, Hector Herrera made his competitive debut on 18 September 2019 since joining from Porto.
But the life at Atletico Madrid has been full of bumps…
Since the turn of the year 2020, after coming back from a muscular injury, Héctor Herrera haven’t featured for Atlético in any of the team’s last eight outings – either due to injury, coach’s technical decision or being an unused sub, losing his place to either Correa or Llorente.
Llorente’s emergence meant Herrera had limited opportunity of reclaiming his position in the midfield coupled with the fierce competition for places in the centre of the park at Atletico.
Base on level of performance, Koke, Partey and Saúl has featured more prominently and have been undoubtedly untouchable at the midfield. With the level of competition for a place, it’s becoming more obvious that Herrera doesn’t figure in Simeone’s plans for a regular place in the eleven.
With desperate need of addition in the middle of the park, Hector Herrera’s signing would definitely be a quality addition for the Hammers, as Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek are the realistic options at the moment.
As Jack Wilshere’s constant frustrating injury woes continues since signing for the Hammers and the ageing Carlos Sanchez (34) are likely to leave this summer, bringing in Herrera would add cover and experience, been a player that has played at top level and boasts a winning mentality.
Herrera is a box-to-box midfielder not only capable of halting opposing advances but also someone who can distribute the ball smoothly from the middle of the park. He is also known for his pace and dynamism, as well as being capable of breaking up opposition attacks with his tough tackling and starting his team’s own forays forward with his sharp distribution and tireless running.
Hector has cited Juan Román Riquelme as an idol and an influence on his playing style. Herrera’s footballing intelligence and mentality would make him a top signing for the Hammers.