Tottenham’s critics have been fast to cast doubt over the effectiveness of their striking options. Blunt and toothless, Spurs have failed as yet to score the goals to really emphasise their dominance in possession over the majority of sides they have faced.
£26m man Roberto Soldado has failed to really recapture the form that saw him become such a coveted name last summer and some have been quick to talk up a move for Manchester United favourite Javier Hernandez in the January window.
A move which in my opinion is as ridiculous as it is unlikely.
Chicharito has found himself well down the pecking order at the Premier League club and for a player of his undoubted class United may well see fit to cash in on him come January. The Mexican has already voiced his concerns, citing the lack of playing opportunity as a genuine concern going forward. He made the following comments to Mexican TV station Deportes Telemundo recently:
“I strive for that [to start more games], I am working towards that – earning a spot as a starter. I know that my performance on the pitch will allow me to achieve that goal someday either here [in Manchester] or elsewhere for any other club.”
He went on to mention the intense competition that exists at Manchester United:
“I just need to be given more opportunities to showcase what I can do, because all of us want to be able to contribute our part so this team can win championships.”
“The competition inside the team has always been really healthy and I think that helps the team a lot, because there are so many quality players that every one of them wants to earn a starting spot.”
Hernandez’ loyalty is as admirable as it is unsurprising, a firm favourite who would appear to love the club as much as they love him. However, there always comes a point when a player needs to consider their own careers above all else, and unless the situation drastically changes the Mexican may well look towards pastures anew.
Hernandez would make an excellent signing for a top club, an accomplished finisher whose goal poaching and ability to turn a game for United has almost become legendary. His stats tally with this, and a goal conversion rate of 25% easily eclipses Van Persie’s at 20.6% for the last couple of seasons. Similarly a goal every 114 minutes make him the most deadly of all United’s attacking options, and to many it is shocking that he finds himself in the position that he does at present.
Taking all this into consideration I still cannot see the point of Spurs shelling out for Javier Hernandez. Likely to cost in the region of £20m he would represent a significant outlay and possibly prevent the club from bolstering themselves in more pressing areas like at wing-back.
Where would Hernandez fit in if at all?
Spurs already have two excellent poachers at the club in Defoe and Soldado, the latter already costing a then club record fee. The reality is that Hernandez wouldn’t offering anything too dissimilar to what they already have, Adebayor is the change-up striker that they crave and I think his re-introduction could be as influential as a new signing.
People have been too quick to criticise the Spurs strike-force this season. Attributing a lack of goals to the strikers alone is lazy, clearly the issue has been as much supply as proficiency in front of goal. Feeding a £26m man with what one or two half chances a game just isn’t good enough for a club with the ambitions of Spurs.
Spurs were unsurprisingly linked with Hernandez before they got Soldado, but his capture simply means this transfer is no longer a feasible one. His apparent availability has just allowed certain journalists to reel out the same rumours that were doing the rounds many months ago. They just aren’t realistic anymore.
In my view United would be mad to sell Chicharito, because he is the closest thing they have to a genuine poacher and therefore an important option for Moyes this term.
The papers seem transfixed with his apparent January departure, and if this is the case he could well be the signing of the window for whichever club he ends up at. Logic would heavily suggest this wont be Spurs and I would be incredibly surprised if they did rekindle their interest in the Mexican international.
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