Javier Hernández should leave Manchester United

by Aidan Sweeney

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Hernández yesterday re-tweeted a Sky Sports article suggesting he should leave the club due to the limited first-team appearances the striker has made this season. The article also contained quotes from Hernández’s international team-mate, ex-Arsenal striker Carlos Vela, who stated “there will be big teams in Europe and England wanting him”, should ‘Chicharito’ decide to leave Manchester. Although Hernandez later removed the re-tweet from his account, he has potentially put a question mark against his Manchester United future and I don’t believe that is a particularly bad move by the 25 year old Mexican.

Vela is further quoted in the article as describing Hernández as “one of the best finishers in England”, a statement it would be hard to disagree with. It’s obvious that Hernández would improve every squad in the country apart from maybe United’s rivals from the across the city. You look at Chelsea where they have an ageing Samuel Eto’o competing with Fernando Torres, who was allegedly ‘back’ (again) until he was subbed after 60 minutes against Newcastle after completing only three passes and not even getting a single shot off. Demba Ba also makes the odd cameo appearance but if I was José Mourinho, I would much rather have Hernández leading my line than any of the strikers currently at Chelsea. ‘Chicharito’ also has seven goals in 12 appearances against Chelsea, signing him would be one way to put an end to that incredible record.

Even with a rejuvenated Oliver Giroud leading Arsenal’s line this season, Hernández would surely be a player Wenger would want in his squad. A long term injury to Giroud would certainly end any hope of Arsenal winning their first Premier League title since the 2003-04 season because quite simply, Nicholas Bendtner is nowhere near good enough to start at a club challenging for the title. A move for Hernández would increase the options Wenger has at his disposal, take the pressure off Giroud a little and prevent a full blown meltdown from Arsenal fans if Giroud did ever pick up a knock. Hernández would only leave Manchester if he was guaranteed first team football, something that wouldn’t be guaranteed with Giroud in such fine form at the moment, he is however more likely to edge Giroud out of a starting XI than he is Robin van Persie.

A player of Hernández’s quality deserves to be playing Champions League football, which is why I’m unsure whether he would consider a move to Spurs. Although it hasn’t quite worked out for Roberto Soldado from open play yet, he should be given time to settle into his new club as his record in La Liga suggests that he should posses enough talent to score regularly in the Premier League. With Abebayor in exile and Defoe not appearing to be Andre Villas-Boas’ cup of tea, if the Soldado move doesn’t work out over the coming few months, a January move for Hernández may be on the cards. As Carlos Vela has stated, there would be interest in ‘Chicharito’ from across Europe. A.S Roma who have cash left over from the sales of Lamela, Marquinhos, Osvaldo and Bojan, may look to add to their firepower up top as they look to continue their excellent start to the season and hopefully pick up their first Serie A title in 13 years. With Lewandowski certainly leaving Dortmund in the summer, Klopp may turn to Hernández as he looks for a replacement who he wouldn’t have to break the bank to acquire.

Hernández is reaching the peak of his career and with the added pressure of it being a World Cup year, he has to be playing regular football. With only one start in the Premier League to his name so far this season, it may be time for the ‘Little Pea’ to bloom elsehwere.

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