By Ben Davies
Manchester United have announced the signing of Javier Hernandez (nicknamed “Chicharito”) from Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara for an undisclosed fee, subject to a medical.
Hand’s up those that have heard of Chicharito? No, me neither, this transfer has come completely out of the blue. As I’ve never seen Hernandez I’m not going to pretend to know his strengths and weaknesses. If you have seen Hernandez please share your opinions?
What should we make of the transfer of Javier Hernandez?
With the arrival of Hernandez, United’s squad consists of seven forwards: Rooney, Berbatov, Owen, Hernandez, Diouf, Welbeck and Macheda.
Most will see this as a chance of ridding Berbatov, not me. We don’t know how long it will take Hernandez to settle and adjust to the English Premier League and the English lifestyle. Without question there is a place in the squad for Berbatov. In the past we’ve normally had more than the two strikers in the squad and in our most successful season had Cole, Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Sheringham for example. Berbatov offers something different than Rooney and the other strikers in the squad.
Owen’s future is probably the least secure of the strikers in the squad. Owen has struggled to earn a first team spot with Sir Alex Ferguson stating Owen and Rooney are fighting for the same position. There is only one winner in that contest.
Whether Owen remains at United will perhaps be determined by the futures of Welbeck and Macheda. If Sir Alex Ferguson feels either or both are not ready for first team football they could spend a season on loan to another club. I’d be less inclined to allow Macheda a loan spell away as I feel he is nearly ready for first team football. Macheda will not necessarily start games next season but he will have a role to play from the substitute bench. Give Macheda an opportunity and he will score goals.
Diouf, a £4 million signing from Molde last summer has been a sensation in the reserves scoring plenty of goals. Diouf has shown potential – he possesses pace, strength, good in the air and an eye for goal. Diouf perhaps requires fine tuning but he will have no better master than Sir Alex Ferguson. I believe Diouf will be a real success at United.
I think we’ll see five strikers in the squad next season: Rooney, Berbatov Hernandez, Diouf and Macheda. What do you think?
What does the signing mean in terms of transfer policy?
Smalling and Hernandez are two relatively unknown players; the combined transfer fee is apparently £24million. Is this an indication we won’t see big money signings during the summer?
Would you prefer United to purchase readymade players capable of having an immediate impact rather than hoping to develop talented youngsters?
Here is a video of Javier Hernandez. What do you think? I know the video is YouTube and cannot be a real barometer.