There's a lot of speculation about which players will be departing from and heading to Old Trafford this summer during the transfer window, but one of the players that is reportedly safe from speculation is Javier Hernandez.
The 24-year-old has just eight goals in 15 games this season for Manchester United, struggling to adapt to his role as a spark plug behind Robin Van Persie and the rest of this talented lineup.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson isn't keen on letting Chicharito go anywhere this summer.
As reported by Simon Mullock of the Daily Mirror, Fergie made sure his intentions to continue Hernandez's development while benefiting the club is the only option when the summer window opens soon:
Javier is on a long-term contract. We won’t be entertaining any interest...I speak to the players all the time, especially the ones who don’t play. I have said to Javier that it hasn’t been easy to leave him out because of his 16-goal tally...If you look at the goals he has scored in terms of the games he has played, he has a brilliant record. He will always have that because he is a fantastic penalty-box player.
Ferguson is right—Chicharito is too valuable to see walk away for any amount of money this summer.
Although his playing time has been sparse, changes are coming at Old Trafford. Look no further than the reported transfer interest from other clubs in Wayne Rooney (via Alex Hankin of the Daily Mirror) to see that Old Trafford might have some new faces (and old faces departing) soon.
Of course, there's no guarantee Rooney goes anywhere.
In any event, Rooney, RVP and the rest of the Red Devils' lineup isn't getting any younger. Ferguson said as much on Wednesday, when he reported that RVP might be feeling the effects of the long season before derby play against Manchester City commences on Monday (via the Daily Mirror).
Ferguson notes that Chicharito and Danny Welbeck will be counted on for a bigger load coming up, and that might give us all a preview of what the squad could look like in the years to come.
It's a future that should include Hernandez at all costs.
Is Hernandez deserving of more playing time?
The Red Devils are in a favorable position with a player that is just 24. While riding out the supreme efforts of franchise greats like Rooney and getting a a huge year from RVP in the process, Hernandez is itching to prove he should be playing every match.
Between the end of Premier League play, the start of the 2013-14 season and the 2014 World Cup, Hernandez will have plenty of chances to shine. I have a feeling Fergie has had a plan for Chicharito all along, and letting him take some lumps in between being a starter and a bench player is part of that plan.
Keeping him around is a no-brainer, especially with other clubs noticing that sitting on the bench is likely to end soon.