After bursting on the scene with a stunning debut season that resulted in 20 goals, Javier Hernandez’s Manchester United career has been on a downward spiral in terms of appearances. The 25-year old Mexican striker has hinted that he may have to left Old Trafford in search of regular football.
The Mexican proved to be the bargain of the 2010 transfer window, after costing United just £6m from Chivas, and in that debut season he found the back of the net 20 times in just 45 appearances – an extremely impressive tally. In the two seasons after that, Hernandez notched up 72 appearances, scoring 30 times, but has found his chances limited under David Moyes.
The ‘Little Pea’ has been limited to just two starts, and has only scored one goal so far this season, and although he insists he remains happy in Manchester, he may have to leave so he can play regular football.
“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.”
Since Robin van Persie’s arrival, Chicharito has often found himself sat on the bench and having to make an impact from there. Many times he has done that for us, and he has scored some important goals for Manchester United.
“I am going on four years here [at Manchester United] and really, like I have always said, I am happy to be able to play for one of the best clubs in the world, doing my best every single day to earn more minutes on the pitch.
“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.”
Its nice to see that he’ll keep working hard for the cause, and hopefully Moyes will repay that commitment with first-team opportunities. I’d be sad to see Chicharito go because he seems such a likeable character and a hard-worker, but if first-team opportunities are what he wants we’d be wrong to let him leave if he wanted to.