Javier Hernandez has proven during his three seasons with Manchester United that he's good enough to start for many clubs throughout Europe. His lack of regular playing time is due to a deep striker group at Old Trafford, but his future is still bright.
Even though the opportunities would be more plentiful with other clubs, Hernandez remains committed to United, according to ESPN. His agent stated that "Chicharito" is very happy with the Red Devils, in large part due to the Premier League titles.
Such form is believed to have attracted interest from a number of clubs around Europe, however, Hernandez’s representative, Eduardo Hernandez, insists his client is happy to stay put at United.
"He is very happy at Manchester United. Javier has been there three years and has won the league twice. Not many can say they have achieved that," he said.
First and foremost, Hernandez deserves a lot of credit for how he's handled himself over the past couple seasons. In an era where individual accolades tend to overshadow club success, he's showing himself to be a tremendous team player.
A lot of players with his level of talent would be desperately seeking more playing time, even if it meant requesting a move to another club. He's stayed true to United, and the comments from his agent make it sound like that will remain the case moving forward.
Hernandez appeared in 22 matches, just nine of which came as a starter, during the Red Devils' most recent title-winning campaign. He still managed to net 10 goals and chip in five assists, often as an offensive substitute for the departed Sir Alex Ferguson.
For most other clubs, any player showcasing that type of form would be thrust into a much larger role as the season went on. United simply didn't have enough room for him in the lineup to make it possible, so Hernandez was forced to endure a less stable role.
The acquisition of Robin van Persie last summer was the main reason. When healthy, the former Arsenal star is always going to assume his place atop the formation. With Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck also in the mix, Hernandez was often stuck in limbo from week to week.
Things are beginning to change, however.
Rooney has been the focus of transfer talk ever since the latter stages of the campaign. If he were to get moved over the summer, there would obviously be a major void in the United attack that needs filling, and Hernandez would be a prime candidate.
Then there's the changing of the guard on the United sideline, where David Moyes will replace Ferguson and attempt to fill his extremely successful shoes.
Moyes struggled to find a single striker that could provide consistent production while with Everton. So, it will be interesting to see how he handles so many different options, especially if Rooney remains with the club.
Hernandez gets a chance to showcase his talent to a new set of eyes. If he impresses Moyes enough, the new boss will probably find a way to get him more involved next season.
What is Hernandez's best option?
So, the striker, who's currently handling international duty with Mexico, is wise to stick with United and see how things play out. He's waited patiently for his chance, and it finally appears on the horizon.
Chicharito has a realistic chance to become a major star at Old Trafford. Given his scoring rate as a part-time player, there's no reason to believe he couldn't score upwards of 20 Premier League goals with more opportunities. That would have ranked in the top four this past season.
Hernandez will get his chance eventually. At that point, he'll be happy he stuck with Manchester United.