Hernández: “I’ve Dreamt Of Being Here”

By: Watford FC Staff

Cucho Hernández says he dreamt of playing for Watford in the Premier League whilst out on loan, and is looking to emulate Sergio Aguero’s goalscoring form in the top-flight.

The Colombian forward joined Watford in 2017 but has had several spells on loan in the Spanish first and second division since his arrival. Now, the 22-year-old is in Hertfordshire and raring to go ahead of the new season.

“I signed for Watford four years ago so I’m looking forward to playing here in this stadium in front of the fans, and the most important thing is that the season goes well for everyone,” said Hernández.

“I’m very happy people had fun watching me in pre-season but pre-season doesn't count for anything, the important games are coming up so it's very important people can enjoy watching me from this Saturday in the Premier League.”

Hernández’s real name is Juan Camilo Hernández, but he was nicknamed “Cucho” in his native Colombia due to comparisons drawn with a well-known former Argentina midfielder.

“The nickname is about Esteban “Cuchu” Cambiasso, the player that used to play for Real Madrid and Inter Milan," he said. “The reason why is because when I was young my parents cut my hair very short and I looked like Cambiasso!”

Hernández seeks to emulate a fellow South American in front of goal in the Premier League - former Manchester City striker Aguero.

“He’s a legend for Manchester City and my dream is to reach something similar to what he has achieved. I know it is very tough but I will try my best to reach that level.

“I want to play, so it doesn’t matter where on the pitch, if it’s at striker or as a winger. Wherever they ask me to play I will play, as long as it is in one of the offensive positions it doesn’t matter where, but I will always try to do my best.”

Aged just 19 on his Colombia debut, Hernández scored twice off the bench against Costa Rica, introducing himself to the supporters of his national team. Whilst call-ups since then have been rare, the attacker hopes he can attract attention from his country with good form in the Premier League.

“It was a magical night, scoring for Colombia,” said Hernández. “Now being in the Premier League, this might be a huge chance for me to go back to playing for the national team and this is my objective.”

An English debut is possible for Hernández this weekend, a prospect he is ready for, but he remains patient in waiting for an opportunity to impress.

“I’m really looking forward to Saturday,” he said.

“I want to play and I’m available, but whatever the coach decides I will be here for him.”

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