Javier Hernandez has become nothing more than a sideshow act at Manchester United, and the smart move for his career would be to leave before it is too late.
The Mexican forward came to Old Trafford in 2010 and has spent the last few years being on the brink of something great. He scored at least 10 goals in the English Premier League in each of his first three seasons at the club, but he was never able to truly take hold of a role in the starting 11.
During the 2013-14 season, Chicharito only scored four goals with three assists in EPL play, mostly due to the fact he was held to just six EPL starts under manager David Moyes. He appeared in 18 more matches as a substitute, but this severely limited his production.
There is certainly a chance things can change this season with new manager Louis van Gaal in charge. The Dutch coach explained that he will use the next few weeks to evaluate the forward before making a decision, via Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News:
We have to see. I have to see how he performs, in the way I want. Now I can only see what he has showed under the guidance of another trainer-coach.
He shall come, I will meet him and we will train. After that he shall perform in a match and then after that I can answer.
He also recently arrived in Los Angeles to join the club in the United States tour:
This is a good move for the boss to give Hernandez a chance before making a decision, but the problem is the lineup is not going to get any easier to crack. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are still the leaders of the squad, while players like Danny Welbeck and Adnan Januzaj will take on roles while moving around on the attack.
Considering Manchester United failed to qualify for any European competitions, the chances for Hernandez to start are even more limited than before. As a result, the most likely role with the English club is as a substitute who comes in when the squad needs a goal in a hurry.
After being relegated to this role with Mexico in the World Cup, Hernandez finally explained how much he dislikes this position, saying, "I’ve never seen myself as a sub and I don’t like being one, and, believe me, I am tired of a lot of people seeing me that way, as a 'super-sub'. I’m a player that has made a difference as a starter," via Tom Marshall of Goal.com.
Inter Milan have stepped-up their interest in signing Manchester United outcast Javier Hernandez.
Reports circulating in the British and Spanish press have revealed that the Nerazzurri are hot in pursuit of the Mexican, and are poised to offer a fee in the region of £15m to secure his services.
Inter finished in fifth place in Serie A last season while tying for just the third-fewest number of goals allowed. If they want to compete with Juventus and Roma this season, they will need help on the attack.
This seems like a perfect fit for Hernandez to expand his role and develop his game more than he has in the past few years. At his age, there is still plenty of time to grow and reach his true potential as an elite goalscorer.
All this time coming off the bench has turned him into a one-dimensional player who struggles at defending, creating and many other key parts of the sport. He needs to make a change before it is too late.
Even with a new manager, Chicharito has to do whatever he can to leave Manchester United and get a fresh start with whichever new club will take him.
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