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Will Javier Hernandez Prove To Be Another Flop from the Americas?

SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 24:  Javier Hernandez #11 of Mexico celebrates his second goal during a friendly match against Bolivia in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on February 24, 2010 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  Mexico won 5-0.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIApril 8, 2010

It was announced today that Manchester United had signed Mexican striker Javier Hernandez—commonly known as Chicharito—from Chivas de Guadalajara.

The player will join on July 1, subject to a work permit being granted.

He has already agreed to personal terms and passed a medical.

The 21-year-old has an impressive record for his current club, scoring 24 goals in 59 appearances. He has also been capped three times by the Mexican national team.

This is a risky signing by United for a number of different reasons.

He is a slight player, and he may struggle to adapt to the pace and physical ways of the English game. But he does have some really good traits.

Slight in stature, and from what I seen a natural goal-scorer, Chicharito also has a good turn of pace and a good technique.

My main worry for Hernandez is that no Mexican has really made an impact in the Premier League.

The likes of Jared Borgetti and Nery Castillo came to England with reputations.

Borgetti was national team legend when signing for the Bolton Wanderers. But he failed to ever establish himself in the first team.

Manchester City signed Castillo on loan, and he was never in the picture and eventually cut his deal short, to return to his homeland.

More recently, two highly-rated youngsters have arrived.

Giovanni Dos Santos was at Tottenham, but found it difficult to find regular playing time. Eventually he moved on to Galatasaray where he has started to really develop.

Then there is Carlos Vela at Arsenal. Vela is a strange case. When arriving in England after loan spells in Spain, he looked as though he would be a great player for the Gunners. Again, though, a lack of playing has stalled his progress. Another loan move may be in the cards.

Another worry for Chicarito is Manchester United's record of signing players from the Americas.

The likes of Diego Forlan and Juan Sebastian Veron arrived for big money, and were catastrophic wastes.

Anderson arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation, and although he is clearly talented, he has never really lived up to his £18-million price tag.

The best example of a player that was highly rated, and expected to have a massive future, was Kleberson.

After the 2002 World Cup, Luiz Felipe Soclari heaped praise on Kleberson, declaring that the midfielder was one of the main reasons why Brazil lifted the World Cup Trophy.

It never worked out at United, as the Brazilian made only 20 appearances in two years at the club.

So Sir Alex Ferguson maybe just be questioned if this Central American talent fails to settle in the Premier League.

Only time will tell if he can live up to the everyday rigors of the Premiership.

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