When Manchester United first agreed a fee for Javier Hernandez from Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara prior to the 2010 World Cup, he was somewhat of an unknown quantity around Europe. That quickly changed following his displays for the Mexico side in South Africa with goals against France and Argentina. By the time he arrived at Old Trafford it was on a wave of optimism and excitement – with the goals to match, Chicharito was a fan favourite in no time. Five years on he is far from unknown, but his future is. Hernandez found himself behind Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and James Wilson in Van Gaal’s United pecking order last season before being loaned to Real Madrid. There he managed seven La Liga goals and a memorable winner against city rivals Atletico in the quarter final of the Champions League. While Madrid opted not to take up their option for a permanent deal, Hernandez proved in that short spell he does still offer goals with his pace and instinctual finishing ability. At 27, the Mexican is at the stage of his career where he needs regular game time and if that isn’t going to happen under Van Gaal it may well be time to move on.
Unsurprisingly, there have been suggestions that Hernandez could make a move to the MLS, indeed fellow countryman Giovani Dos Santos has recently signed for LA Galaxy. It’s an option that could entice the Mexican who would be welcomed with open arms stateside in a league where dynamic frontmen have been able to shine – including Sebastian Giovinco, now of Toronto FC. Yet there may be no rush for a move stateside if a determined Hernandez focuses on making a statement in Europe. There would certainly be a number of possible suitors for a man whose goals-to-minutes ratio, particularly in his first three years at Man Utd, makes fine reading. Should the striker be deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford he’d surely be keen to make a mark elsewhere by recreating that form through regular minutes on the pitch. Undoubtedly wherever Hernandez ends up this term – and the last place he should is sat on a bench – he could be out to prove that he can be a leading man.
Following a turbulent first term in charge at White Hart Lane last term, Pochettino will be looking to stamp his authority on the squad as they attempt to challenge the top four this time around. Through the ups and downs of the last campaign though, one real standout success was the performances of Harry Kane in his breakout season. The problem last time around was an over-reliance on Kane to deliver the goals for Spurs while Soldado and Adebayor offered little. For Pochettino, Hernandez could be a significant part of the puzzle. Combined with Kane as a real goal threat and with the pace to compliment the Englishman’s game, Spurs would become a much more rounded, and dangerous, force with Hernandez on the books. For the Mexican, a move to White Hart Lane would give him the opportunity to truly shine as one of the stars of the show – indeed should he drive Spurs toward the top four, it would go a long way to proving his stardom. With the likes of Christian Eriksen pulling the strings in the Tottenham midfield, there would be plenty of opportunities for a menace in the box like Chicharito to cause even the best defences in the league a headache. Assuredly the move would be a statement of intent both from the club and the player.
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