There should be one name that comes to mind when thinking about CONCACAF’s superstar, or the closest thing to it. Hernandez has played for two of the biggest clubs in football in Manchester United and Real Madrid. That trend in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen. The same club Landon Donovan left to go back to the MLS. Hernandez was a regular until the last season at United until the last season while being pretty productive and did a decent job on loan at Madrid as mostly a sub. And now he’s killing it at Bayer. Yes, he may still have some work to do on his all around game but he does arguably the two most important things for a modern forward really well, press and score goals.
Other than the Dos Santos’ no one else in CONCACAF in recent times has played for such big clubs and neither of them were really regulars. You could throw in Dempsey at Tottenham too. Christian Pulisic is certainly on the way up but has a way to go still.
So, despite lacking the glamour of many, Chicharito is CONCACAF’s best player/superstar.
Ah, the fickleness of football fans. I’ve been a Chicharito fan since he burst unto the scene. Glad he’s done well at Leverkusen. I’m thinking he should stay as it’s not like they are a mid-table club. He can regularly play in Europe and play in one of the top leagues in the world. We shall see.
Good move for all sides. Chicharito gets the playing time he needs and can improve on weaker aspects of his play, Leverkusen get a mobile, hungry goalscorer and Manchester United, or Louis Van Gaal rather, gets rid of a player they don’t want.
Yes it’s more important but his play in the Gold Cup could play a part in any potential interest or deal. He’s definitely still deserving of a role as a starter a good club. As the author said, it may not be a Champions League club though.
I think a few weeks back I said he might falter when given the chance due to the lack of playing time and hit to his confidence and not because of a lack of quality. I was still a fan and I’m glad he’s proven me wrong. Will be interesting to see exactly how his summer plays out. A Real Madrid move makes sens from the club’s point of view in that they already have the backup option to Benzema they need and he’s shown exactly what he can do recently. As the author said though, he faces the risk of continuing the situation of constant bench-time as opposed to regular playing time.
Good read overall and some good points made by the author. We’ll see what happens with Chicharito this summer.
The author makes some great points, especially concerning Hernandez being match-sharp and fresher than pretty much everybody on the pitch. As much as it would be nice, I’m not sure Chicharito will have a major impact. He could prove me wrong, and it’s not because I don’t think he’s a good player. I kind of hope he doesn’t have an impact though as I kind of prefer Atletico Madrid to Real Madrid as a possible opponent for Barcelona in the Champions League.
My piece for the Aspirer on Javier Hernandez’s future.