David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic now Javier Hernandez. LA Galaxy have opened up their wallets to sign yet another statement player that ranks among the greats in the clubs rich transfer history.
Paying a reported £7.5 million for ‘the Little Pea’, Chicharito has joined the MLS side following disappointing spells as West Ham United and Seville. Being just 31 years of age, Galaxy fans will no doubt hope that Mexico’s record scorer can find the scoring boots that made him one of Europe’s greatest in-the-box strikers.
With a salary of £4.5 million, the highest in the division, the club will certainly hope so.
In a City where a third of the population claim Mexican roots, it’s probably no surprise that 5,000 fans arrived at the Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday afternoon to watch the striker train for the first time. Knowing the Galaxy support came for one man only, the club set up giveaways and music just for the occasion.
A relative unknown among Europe’s elite a decade ago. Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to pip the slight bodied striker after netting 26 times for his home club Guadalajara. An impressive showing during the 2010 World Cup for Mexico, claiming the 2nd goal in a famous win against France, got the United faithful salivating over the possibilities of joining an already free-scoring side.
Largely making his impact when brought on from the bench, Chicharito became a fan favourite at Old Trafford, picking up 2 Premier League winners medals and netting 37 times over 103 games. Achieving such numbers again would no doubt encourage punters to bet on Several bettings sites on the internet tailored to the Mexican market, like the ones on internetcasinos.mx.
A mixed spell at Real Madrid ensued, however fans were reminded of the strikers’ talent when he popped up in the Bundesliga with Leverkuson, netting 28 times in 54 matches.
A throwback to forwards of the past, Hernandez possesses a skill-set that is made to score goals. sharp on the turn, great in the air and an ability to push the ball over the line wherever he’s positioned, at first glance it’s a wonder why the last couple of years have seen such few goals.
In a world of false nines, perhaps European football has moved on from the fox-in-the-box.
Whilst his on-the-pitch performances will be watched with great scrutiny, the players profile will almost certainly raise local interest in the club. No doubt Beckham was a big drawn, Chicharito however as the power to inspire the disenfranchised members of the city.
Indeed, The Galaxy’s welcome video featured fans from Los Angeles’s Mexican American community signing off with “He’s one of us.”
“I do think it starts with being good on the field,” Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese said on his arrival. “He fits in well. He represents a lot of values and spirit of Mexican people who live here. They appreciate a good player, and he is a good player.”
Not only does Hernández join fellow high profile Mexican player Jonathan dos Santos in the squad, the striker will be going head to head with international team-mate and LAFC forward Carlos Vela. The former Arsenal forward netted 34 times during last season’s campaign, if Chicharito can put up those type of numbers, the cross LA club rivalry will be positively buzzing.