Javier Hernandez, aka Chicharito, will be the first Mexican player to put on the United shirt.
Signed for an undisclosed fee, the C.D. Guadalajara forward is thought to have cost United six million pounds – kinda pricey for an untested 21-year-old.
But his record for Guadalajara is pretty darn good – 29 goals in 71 appearances, including 21 goals in 28 games this season. He’s also scored four international goals for Mexico.
He’s quick, has two good feet, knows how to turn a defender, and seems to know where the back of the goal is. Check out some of these fan compilations:
It’s exactly where United have needed strengthening, because apart from Wayne Rooney, United simply don’t have enough goal-scorers. Mame Biram Diouf doesn’t look like he’s gonna set the Premier League alight, and Dimitar Berbatov has had his chances. As is his wont, he’s missed most of them.
BUT, Chicharito (which means “Little Pea”) might take a couple of years to get used to English football. I mean, even Cristiano Ronaldo had to. What United need now is someone who can come in immediately and do a job. Rooney can’t be doing it all on his own next season, especially after a World Cup year.
And another problem Chicharito might have is his lack of height. The dude’s only 5-foot-7. He’s gonna have to be one tough nut at that size to be able to compete in the Premier League.
United would probably do better with someone like Edin Dzeko, the Wolfsburg target man. United’s wingers have been flying this season, especially with Antonio Valencia’s consistent delivery, so getting a big guy to play next to Rooney would seem to be the obvious option. Dzeko’s had a few seasons of top flight football too, and he’s played in both the Champions League AND Europa League, so he’ll have the experience to fit right in.
Another player United should be getting IMHO is another midfielder. United have played three in central midfield a lot this season, with an attacking midfielder supporting Rooney in a more advanced position.
Sir Alex has tried playing Michael Carrick, Darron Gibson and Park Ji-Sung there, but a quality midfielder like Yoann Gourcuff would really turn the side into a totally different prospect.
What do you guys think? Will Javier Hernandez do well for United, or should they be signing someone else?