Striker Is Wasting His Talent, And His Career, At Manchester United

The on-loan striker needs to move to a smaller club this summer…

Javier Hernandez’s agent has today denied rumours that his client will be returning early from his loan spell at Real Madrid.

It’s no surprise to hear the striker wants to leave Madrid – he’s started only three games this season. But coming back to Manchester won’t help much: he would just be exchanging Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Jese for Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and James Wilson.

“Chicharito”‘s decision to go to Madrid was truly a baffling one. Yes, a footballer should always back themselves to make the step up; but the only reason Hernandez wanted to leave Old Trafford was so that he could play: why would he move to one of the few clubs in the world where he is likely to play even less than he would have done in Manchester?

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At this stage, the Mexican is at risk of wasting a whole career on the bench. Time and again he’s shown himself to be a quality player capable of starting for Champions League teams, just not those at the very top of the pile.

He has played 66 games from the start in the four and a half seasons since he moved to Europe: some players start more games than that in a season.

Plenty of players are left at the end of their career wondering what could have been if they’d gambled on a move to a big club. Hernandez is at risk of being left wondering the opposite.

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