When Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez announced his loan deal from Manchester United to Real Madrid it certainly raised eyebrows.
The problem for Chicharito at United was the lack of playing time in the Premier League and he was moving to a team where the competition was even fiercer. Any attempt to start ahead of Bale, Benzema or Cristiano would likely fall short – and it did. Chicharito has just one league start to his name this season and has not been quiet about his frustrations with his lack of minutes.
But with the international break in full swing, Chicharito is rebuilding his confidence. He may be at rock bottom at club level, but he found the back of the net for El Tri against Educador – the only goal in the game.
Could this be the difference for the Mexican? Could this restart his currently flailing career?
He may have thought it would be a dream come true, but if anything, his time at Real Madrid has bordered on disastrous. On paper the move did make some sense – Manchester United being in fewer competitions made for fewer rotations – but it has made very little difference for the Little Pea. He has spent the vast majority of this season on the bench.
Having made little impact this season, it does not seem likely that Real Madrid will sign Hernandez permanently. Even if they wanted to, it wouldn’t change anything, he still wouldn’t be making the first team regularly. Despite how things went last season for Chicharito, returning to Manchester United could be a better option.
Welbeck now plays for Arsenal, and United’s only choices up front are Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao and James Wilson. At the moment, Wilson is not considered much more than a ‘super sub’ (Chicharito’s previous role), utilised for his pace in the latter stages of the game. Radamel Falcao’s loan deal probably won’t be made permanent due to his lack of playing time and the fact he has only scored a handful of goals for the Red Devils.
He may not start every game under Louis Van Gaal, but he would certainly get more minutes at United than in Madrid. If Manchester United can reach top four, they’ll be back in Europe, and United will need to rotate their XI more often.
Or a return to the Premier League could be on the cards elsewhere. The Daily Star have suggested that West Ham, Everton and Southampton are looking to sign the Mexican before next season.
Goal.com linked Chicharito with a move to St. Marys last year before joining Real Madrid. With Lukaku’s future at the Toffees uncertain, Everton could be a good call for Chicharito as he is a natural goal scorer. Even West Ham would be a good fit for the Mexican. Andy Carroll has had injury trouble, and West Ham will be looking to bring their momentum of the first half of this season into next.
If England isn’t appealing, a stay in Spain could be an option. Some of Chicha’s Mexican team mates are in Spain, such as Memo Ochoa, Hector Moreno and Gio dos Santos. Chicharito could join Dos Santos at Villareal, where Jonathan dos Santos also plays. Ochoa will certainly understand Hernandez and his starting woes as he has struggled to play regular first team football this year after signing for Malaga.
Hugo Sanchez has spoken out about Chicharito’s situation, saying he needs to be more aggressive in his approach to first team football. Ultimately, Sanchez is right. It has taken far too long for Chicharito to speak up about his unhappiness at spending almost a full season on the bench.
When it comes to his next club – or be it his return to his last club – he needs to fight for his place in the starting eleven. If he doesn’t, he will be remembered as a bench warmer. With a decent run in the international break, he has show why he could be a starter for any club, but it is too late to salvage his Real Madrid dreams.