Cuban forward Onel Hernández could become the island’s first footballer to step on the Premier League. He performs for Norwich City, and has scored 8 goals during the current Champonship season.
The champagne remains on ice for Norwich as promotion to the Premier League was delayed for at least another five days following a fourth successive draw, this time away to Stoke.
But thanks to Leeds United’s shock defeat at Brentford just over two hours later, all that remains is for the Canaries to dot the Is and cross the Ts on a return to the top flight after a three-year absence.
The Canaries needed to win and hope that either Sheffield United or Leeds did not, but they failed to complete their own side of the deal and their lead was cut to three points with two games remaining as Sheffield United romped to an impressive victory at Hull.
From Cuba to Germany
Onel is 26, he was born in Morón, Ciego de Ávila, and when he was only six years old he emigrated with his mother and his sister to integrate into the subordinate categories of Werden Bremen, in Germany.
Hernandez would live with his stepfather and step-siblings. It was the former that would end up playing a key role in helping the youngster adjust to his new home.
Simply, Hernandez’s stepfather encouraged him to play football. So, Onel did. It was a way to make friends and settle in. But this support and encouragement, according to Hernandez himself, “changed my life”. You see, he didn’t just play football. He played it well.