On 1 September 2014 Hull City parted with ten million euros, at the time a record fee paid, for the services of Uruguayan international striker Hernandez. His opening goals, fuelled by adrenalin, made an immediate positive impact but as time progressed his form dipped and he was a figure of some fun by the end of his first season. He answered his critics emphatically the following season when his 20 Championship goals were a vital element in City’s ascent to the play-offs and ultimate Wembley victory. Injuries marred Abel’s third season, as did the difficulty of travelling half way around the globe every time he got called up by his country. He started his 2017/18 Championship season in emphatic form, scoring a hattrick in City’s first home game, but a few days later suffered a serious Achilles injury. When he returned in March 2018 the club was mired in a relegation fight, but Hernandez immediately contributed further goals to assist the City cause. That summer City stayed in the Championship and Abel left the club on expiry of his contract.
Born in Uruguayan city Pando, a feeder suburb of Montevideo, Hernandez spent his formative years at Central Espanol before joining Penarol as an 18 year old. A year later he moved to Italy and signed for Sicilian side Palermo, during his three and a half seasons with the Rosanero he contributed a goal every three games, form that attracted the attention of the newly promoted Tigers.
In July 2018 Hernandez signed for CSKA Moscow on a long term deal, following a few days of wage demands vs failed medical horse trading. However his time in Russia was ravaged by injury and after a single season he swapped the cold of Moscow for the blazing sun of Qatar, joining Al Ahli. In August 2020 he headed a little closer to home when he signed for Brazilian league side Internacional.
Since his senior debut in 2010 Hernandez has been an established part of the Uruguayan international squad who often sits on the bench, kept out of the first XI by the extravagant skills of his counterpart Luis Suarez. Abel does have an international hattrick under his belt, contributing four of the eight goals Uruguay rattled past Tahiti in a 2013 Confederations Cup tie.
Date/Place of Birth: 8 August 1990, Pando (Uruguay)
Hull City First Game: 15 September 2014, West Ham United H (Premier League), 24 years, 38 days old
Hull City Final Game: 21 April 2018, Bristol City A (Championship), 27 years, 256 days old
Central Espanol (2006-2008), Penarol (2008-2009), Palermo (2009-2014), Hull City (2014-2018), CSKA Moscow (2018-2019), Al Ahli (2019-2020), Internacional (2020-present)
Hull City Record
Career: 110 apps, 39 goalsAbel Hernandez
|2014/15||15 (10)||4||0 (1)||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2015/16||34 (5)||20||-||-||1 (2)||1||-||-||3 (0)||1|
|2016/17||16 (8)||4||1 (1)||1||1 (2)||0||-||-||-||-|