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ATK Mohun Bagan’s Spanish midfielder Javi Hernández joins Odisha FC

ATK Mohun Bagan's Spanish midfielder Javi Hernández joins Odisha FC
Javi Hernández | Source: Javi Hernández/Twitter

Odisha FC have signed former ATK Mohun Bagan midfielder Javi Hernández ahead of the ISL 2021-22 season.

Born in Salamanca, Spain, Javi was part of youth academies at CDF Pizarrales, local club UD Salamanca and at the age of 16, he joined the Real Madrid academy (2005-08).

The midfielder was drafted into the Real Madrid Castilla side in 2008 and went onto make 34 appearances for the club in the  Segunda División B – the third tier of the Spanish League system. After three seasons at Real which included a loan spell to Swedish club Halmstads BK, Hernández moved back to his hometown club UD Salamanca (2011-2013) and also spent a season each at Spanish clubs CD Ourense and Burgos CF.

In 2015, Javi moved abroad to play for the Romanian club Poli Timișoara followed by three seasons at Ekstraklasa (Polish League) clubs Górnik Łęczna and KS Cracovia. Hernández in 93 appearances in the Polish league scored 19 goals and assisted 18.

Prior to the 2019-20 ISL season, the now 32-year-old attacking midfielder joined ATK and won the 2019-20 ISL Championship in his first season with the club. He was retained in the squad when ATK Mohun Bagan was formed and in two seasons in the ISL scored three goals and assisted six from 37 matches.

FUN FACT: Javi is the cousin of former Real Madrid player Guti.

Analyst’s Take (Shlok)

Odisha’s acquisition of seasoned foreigners continues with Javi being the latest.

He is a versatile midfielder who can carry the ball, pose a threat from his long shots and also press well.

Javi Hernández, Stats, ISL 2020-21, League Stage

Javi Hernandez, Positioning, ISL 2020-21 | Wyscout
Total played14
Minutes per game54
Scoring frequency759 min
Goals per game0.1
Shots per game1.4
Shots on target per game0.4
Big chances missed0
Big chances created2
Key passes0.9
Accurate per game9.6 (69%)
Acc. own half4.1 (84%)
Acc. opposition half6.6 (56%)
Acc. long balls0.6 (36%)
Acc. chipped passes0.4 (29%)
Acc. crosses1.1 (38%)
Interceptions per game0.9
Tackles per game0.8
Possession won0.3
Dribbled past per game0.8
Clearances per game0.4
Error led to shot0
Error led to goal0
Penalty goals conceded0
Succ. dribbles0.6 (43%)
Total duels won4.3 (49%)
Ground duels won3.4 (46%)
Aerial duels won0.9 (65%)
Possession lost10
Was fouled1.9
Red cards0

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