Summer Scout - Abel Hernandez

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The latest player to be spotlighted is Uruguay's Abel Hernandez.

The scout reports...

Abel Hernandez caught the eye with his four goals against Tahiti in the Confederations Cup, and he is a player who has already caught the eye of a number clubs.

Born in 1990, he was picked up by Uruguayan giants Penarol aged just ten, but he spent just a year with them before linking up with Central Espanol.

He flourished at the smaller club and was soon pushing the first team ranks at Parque Palermo and he made his debut in 2007 before his first full season saw him claim nine league goals.

This form brought him again to the attention of Penarol, who re-signed him but his time with them lasted just six-months after three goals in eight games - he was snapped up by Italian side Palermo.

However, there was a delay in his signing - during his medical it was discovered that he had a cardiac arrhythmia and was ordered to stop playing and training and he underwent minor surgery.

He was given the all clear and he made his debut just a month after signing and he featured against Lecce in March 2009 - replacing fellow countryman Edinson Cavani.

That summer he featured in the Under-20 World Cup, but he soon returned for his first full season with Palermo and he scored seven goals - his best season to date in Italy.

Hernandez made a glittering start to his career which saw the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal and Tottenham all linked.

He perhaps has not kicked on like many thought, but he never played centrally throughout a season.

A skilful, elegant forward - Hernandez's best work can often see him coming in from the flank. But there is no getting away from it that he is a quality finisher when given the chance.

Although over 6ft, physically he is not the strongest and with this he is now too powerful in the air, but he makes up for the in skill on the floor.

Clearly he has a lot to offer and showed in the Confederations Cup he is a more than capable performer.

The scout says...

Still only 22, Hernandez has great experience for a player so young - now linked to Premier League Sunderland, he certainly represents an intriguing prospect.

Hernandez has heaps of ability and would surely make an impact in the Premier League if a deal was done for him to play in England.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 8 out of 10

Passing: 7 out of 10

Tackling: 5 out of 10

Heading: 6 out of 10

Pace: 8 out of 10

Vision: 7 out of 10

Current ability: 8 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10

OVERALL SCOUT RATING:59/80

Current value: £12million

Potential value: £30million

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