The Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has not had many playing opportunities this season. For whatever reason, David Moyes has followed in the footsteps of his predecessor by preferring Danny Welbeck to the Mexican, and it seems that the man dubbed the ‘little pea’ has had enough of sitting on the bench.
In an interview with Mexican television station Deportes Telemundo, Chicharito indicated that although he was currently happy to say and fight for his place at Old Trafford, he was aware that he may need to find a new club in order to get the playing time that he feels he deserves. A player possessing the talent that Hernandez does is always going to be in demand, and with that in mind, Commentary Box Sports takes a look at five possible destinations for the 25-year old:
It seems unlikely that United would be prepared to sell to the Gunners, but in theory, Hernandez and Arsenal appear to be a match made in heaven. The current league leaders have only really got one forward – Olivier Giroud – and there’s no doubt that Wenger would be keen to bolster his attacking options.
The reason why Hernandez and Arsenal would be such a good fit is that because of the Arsenal’s strong attacking options; they create a lot of chances without necessarily being able to finish them off. In Hernandez, they’d have a pure finisher, and that could be the difference between Arsenal as also-rans and Arsenal as genuine title contenders.
If Arsenal could use the services of Hernandez, then there’s no doubt that their North London rivals could too. Spurs are currently relying on Roberto Soldado to get them goals, but his relatively meagre return of two penalties in 7 games leaves a little bit to be desired.
Aside from Soldado, Tottenham have both Emmanuel Adebayor on the books, and whilst they are both decent options, neither of them really seems to have what it takes to really succeed at the very highest level. Chicharito would be an excellent option for Spurs, but once it again, it seems likely that Moyes would be loathe to sell the Mexican to a rival.
Ironically, given their pursuit of Wayne Rooney in the summer, Chelsea would also massively benefit from the 25-year old’s services. None of Chelsea’s three strikers are firing this season, and Chicharito would be the ideal player to finish off the chances created by the creative talents of Hazard, Oscar and Mata.
However, the chances of this happening are of course minimal. United showed in the summer that they had no intention of doing business with Chelsea over Rooney, and given the predicament that the champions find themselves in following a dire start, it seems very unlikely that they would be prepared to sell a player that would in turn strengthen Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were the surprise package in Europe last season, and nearly went all the way in the Champions League; reaching the final before being soundly beaten by their Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich. Robert Lewandowski was responsible for plenty of their goals last year, and despite Dortmund managing to retain his services for this season, the Polish striker has confirmed that he will be joining Bayern next season.
Lewandowski’s departure leaves a big hole in the Dortmund 11, and consequently they’ll be after a new striker in the summer of 2014. Hernandez would be an ideal fit in Klopp’s team, and given that Dortmund aren’t one of United’s domestic competitors, that deal would have a good chance of going through.
Everton are currently reaping the benefits of having a top class striker on their books, with Romelu Lukaku transforming the way the Toffees play. Unfortunately for Roberto Martinez, the big Belgian isn’t Everton’s to keep, and after the impact he’s made at Goodison Park, Chelsea are sure to want him back next season.
Unfortunately for the Merseyside club, Everton’s other striking options are much less impressive. After a fantastic start to his Everton career, Nikica Jelavic has experienced a devastating loss of form, whilst Aroune Kone has singularly failed to impress since his arrival from Wigan in the summer. Martinez may fancy bringing a new striker in next summer, and who better than Chicharito?