Abel Hernandez would certainly deserve his place in the Uruguay squad this summer having scored seven goals in 11 International appearances and could offer some value in goalscorer markets on Uruguay’s 2014 World Cup games.
Hernandez started his professional career with Peñarol in 2000-01, before settling into Uruguayan side Central Español between 2001–2006 where he went on to score five goals in only his first four games at the club.
He scored nine goals in his time at Central Español before moving back to Peñarol and their senior squad briefly, only to be brought to Serie A side, Palermo, during February 2009.
The Uruguayan has since remained at the Italian club and played alongside his national squad team-mate, Edinson Cavani, during the early stages of his time there. Despite some initial health concerns interloping his beginnings at Palermo, Hernandez replaced Cavani to make his first team debut. He has since surpassed 100 starts combined with the squad in Serie A and B, and scored over 30 goals in all competitions with the squad since 2009.
Hernandez has won the Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti with the Primavera under-19 team in June 2009, and famously scored a first half hat-trick in a 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup 8-0 drubbing of Tahiti to become the fourth player in Confederations Cup history to score four goals in one match.
The youngster has already scored seven goals in 11 starts with the International side, and this year will likely feature at the 2014 World Cup for his tournament debut after participating in 10 qualifiers without goals for Uruguay’s senior team.
Playing in a line-up full of quality, Hernandez would work off the scoring force of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front to play his part in Uruguay’s efforts, although his eagerness to be on the score sheet would be rewarded equally.
Abel Hernandez World Cup Betting Tips
Whether he will receive the starts he deserves remains to be seen however, Hernandez is a player to note when drawing up your shortlist in goalscorer markets. The young Palermo striker could benefit from Luis Suarez’ unselfish play but is unlikely to make enough appearances to be in with a chance of tournament top scorer. Look at him as an anytime goalscorer option.