Javier Hernandez is a man in demand. According to a report from the Daily Mirror in the UK “Chicharito” is being chased by at least four teams, three of which are in the Premier League.
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Southampton, West Ham United and Stoke City are the three English teams interested in the Mexican international striker, while Bundesliga outfit Woflsburg are also said to be considering a move for the 26-year-old striker.
Hernandez, still a Manchester United player, joined La Liga giants Real Madrid on loan last summer but has made just 20 appearances and only one start in the league. After scoring four times in his first seven appearances for Real, Hernandez hasn’t found the net since Oct. 29, 2014.
Sitting on the bench behind Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale is no disgrace, but the El Tri hero has now been a bit-part player at two of the biggest teams in the world for over five years. Isn’t it about time that Chicharito went somewhere he could play regularly?
However, his knack for being in the right place at the right time at pivotal moments has somewhat pigeon-holed him as a “superb sub” and may see his role as an impact sub remain, wherever he ends up. Hey, guys like Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Jermain Defoe made a heck of a career out of coming off the bench late in games to nick crucial goals.
Should Chicarito settle for that? Something tells me the El Tri forward is capable of being much more than a bit-part player for club and country. Here’s hoping he moves somewhere he can play regularly. To me, Southampton and Wolfsburg would be the best options. Both teams could afford his wages and will also likely be able to offer either the Champions League or Europa League next season.
Hernandez needs to play somewhere he is wanted and needed, at Saints he could play off of Graziano Pelle and feed off the knock downs, while at Wolfsburg the likes of Kevin De Bruyne whipping in balls for him to finish seems like an exciting prospect.
Another thing worth contemplating: should Manchester United and Louis van Gaal give him another chance now that the Radamel Falcao experiment seems doomed? Just throwing it out there…