Why Javier Hernandez Would Be a Force at Atletico Madrid

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

Aug 2, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez (14) during the second half against the Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Javier Hernandez has been linked with several clubs ever since Louis Van Gaal took over the team. Despite Chicharito's recent performances, a transfer to Atletico Madrid could be a fantastic deal for the footballer and the club.

The latest report comes from The Guardian's Steve Brenner, who suggests the striker could arrive in Spain in a deal that also includes Shinji Kagawa.

Hernandez was sidelined during David Moyes' tenure, which not only hurt his playing time with Manchester United but also pushed Mexico coach Miguel Herrera to use him as a sub during the 2014 World Cup.

Nevertheless, Chicharito was poised and scored with El Tri after a one-year drought. He worked hard to make a difference in the last third of the pitch, despite playing very little.

Hernandez spent 75 minutes on the pitch (in a total of four appearances), made two solo runs into the area and scored once, according to FIFA.com.

With the Red Devils, the Mexican appeared 24 times in the past season. However, he only completed three games and was subbed on in 18 of them, as reported by Squawka.

He put the ball away four times, three of them when Moyes brought him in during the second half, according to Squawka.

On the other hand, the Colchoneros had an impressive offense last season with special performances by Diego Costa and David Villa. Together, they scored 40 of the 77 goals the club had in La Liga, per the team's website.

For the upcoming season, Atletico Madrid will have Mario Mandzukic as their primary striker, but they are still missing one player to help him or sub him.

Hernandez would be a fantastic addition to the team as he can tackle the challenge no matter when Diego Simeone decides to send him in.

Chicharito is lethal with any part of the body. From the four goals he bagged in the past Premier League season, he scored two with the left foot, one with the right foot and one more with the head, as per Squawka.

He may not be the most creative player, but he surely knows when to pass the ball if any of his teammates has a better chance at scoring, as we saw in the final match of the International Champions Cup, which the Red Devils won 3-1.

Hernandez has had quite a record in four seasons with Manchester United, especially if you consider he has come in as a sub in 78 games of a total of 151; that's 51.65 percent of the times he has played.

Javier Hernandez's Manchester United stats

Finally, it's a fact that Mexican footballers do better with Spanish clubs. Hugo Sanchez, Luis Garcia, Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos are living proof that La Liga is a place where they feel comfortable.

Imagine what Hernandez can do in Spain if he has already succeeded in the Premier League, where Carlos Salcido, Jared Borgetti and Guillermo Franco barely appeared.

It makes sense in every single way, and as Simeone said in a press conference (h/t The Daily Mail):

With Javier Hernandez and lots of other great players, anything is possible. We can’t close any door until the transfer window shuts.

All stats courtesy of ESPN FC, unless otherwise noted.


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