Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez

As we approach the final days of the January window, there’s still a significant gap in Tottenham’s striking depth, as Jermain Defoe prepares for his February move to FC Toronto in the MLS.

When it comes to like-for like replacements for the England veteran, there are few currently in the Premier League more notable than Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez.

The third-generation Mexico international may not share the Tottenham veteran’s shoot-on-sight policy and ability to drive at defenders with the ball at his feet, but he’s undoubtedly the most natural poacher in the top flight, with an exceptional ability to anticipate play in the box, and has the pace to get in behind opposition defences – something which has been a real stumbling block for the North Londoners this season.

The 25 year-old is rather miffed about being someway behind Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Adnan Januzaj and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order at Old Trafford, and that disillusion will be further heightened by the recent arrival of Juan Mata.

Despite nearly half of Chicarito’s Red Devils outings coming as a substitute, he’s produced a prominent return of 57 goals in 140 appearances for the Premier League champions. Perhaps most importantly, Hernandez has reached double figures in his last three top flight campaigns.

It’s believed the South American ‘fox in the box’ is still valued at around £10million – an asking price which tempted the Lilywhites in the summer.

But United will be incredibly reluctant to sell to a divisional rival that could gazump them to fourth place in the Premier League this season.