Aug 11, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT
When a 21-year-old Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez exited Guadalajara in 2010, journeying off to the Manchester United, Mexico had one of the most promising youngsters across the footballing world.
Four years later, Hernandez hasn’t blossomed into the player some predicted, largely due to his lack of opportunity gathering playing time that could certainly elevate his game. He hasn’t been a fixture in United’s lineup since he arrived at Old Trafford, but he’s often performed well when the occasion has presented itself.
As of late, though, he’s struggled, netting only nine goals in all competitions with his club team, and while he netted a vital goal for Mexico against Croatia to qualify his country for the round of 16, Brazil wasn’t a breakout showing from the forward.
That’s why, with great deal of potential not truly put to the test, a move to another club could suit him well.
Mexico manager Miguel Herrera believes he should seek a fresh start elsewhere, and Juventus is the likely destination, especially considering the Red Devils pursuit of Juve midfielder Arturo Vidal. Hernandez’s fee would sit in the €20-€30 million range, which the Serie A squad could definitely match via a swap deal with Vidal.
“I think [Chicharito] needs to leave,” Herrera told ESPN FC through a translator. “I think [Juventus] would be a good option for him. When a coach doesn’t want you — when you have your best experience, your best moment with them, and now the coach that wanted you is no longer there — it’s time to move.
“I think there are a lot of opportunities. They are not bad opportunities. If he goes to Juventus that would be an extraordinary team. Without a doubt, it would be a nice change for him. Hopefully he’ll see more minutes.”
Nonetheless, Herrera didn’t completely buy into Chicharito this season, placing Oribe Peralta ahead of the him during the World Cup. Former United manager David Moyes, despite feeling the heat throughout the year as his team collapsed, didn’t give Hernandez a fair chance.
Newly-appointed United manager Louis van Gaal now holds the power to actually utilize the Mexican forward.
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