Mexican striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has taken the German championship by storm since his summer arrival to Bayer Leverkusen from Manchester United.
His incredible run of form has caused much speculation regarding his future and there have been many calls for his return to the Premier League.
Watching injured from the sidelines as his teammates prepare for the Europa League game at Sporting for which they stand at huge 12/5 to claim a win, we take aim at the question – should Javier Hernandez stay in Germany?
Having been deemed surplus to Louis van Gaal’s squad requirements, Javier Hernandez was sold to Bayer Leverkusen for undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £7.3 million.
The Mexican striker announced himself only four days after his debut game, when he scored his first goal of the Bayer Leverkusen career in the Champions League group stage match against BATE Borisov.
The 27-year-old went from strength to strength instantly becoming one of the most prominent players in his team and the entire league as well.
Chicharito has scored 13 Bundesliga goals in 17 appearances and has had a strong hand in firing his team back to the top three in the Bundesliga standings. Bayer Leverkusen are once again in the Champions League place which they will hope to preserve until the end of the current season.
Hernandez has also bagged nine more goals in cup competitions, both domestic and European, taking his entire tally to incredible 22 goals so far.
His fine performances have made him the most prolific Mexican in Bundesliga history already, and have earned him the Player of the Month award for three consecutive months in November, December and January, respectively.
The Mexican has been a huge influence on the team’s play and his fine performances have linked him with a possible move away from the club.
Return to Premier League?
Javier Hernandez left Old Trafford holding no grudge against the Dutch manager Louis van Gaal, but as much as he accepted being deemed surplus and unwanted, Chicharito too little joy from his former manager’s decision.
Having realised it was all part of the game, Chicharito behaved like a true professional refusing to dwell into the comments regarding Van Gaal, who had his share of critics for his team decisions, tactics and overall management of the famous English club.
The 27-year-old has already been linked with a January return to the Premier League with Arsenal and Liverpool believed to be leading the chase for the Mexican’s signature according to reports.
The striker has already spent four seasons playing in England, racking up 152 games and netting 59 goals for United during that time, but the general conclusion is that Chicharito’s work in the Premier League is left unfinished.
There is no doubt that the possibility of a move back to England would tickle Hernandez’s mind as he would be tempted to get back and prove his worth and the player himself refused to rule out a possible exit from Bayern Leverkusen.
“We’ll see, you never know what will happen. For the last four years I have played to Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Leverkusen. In this sport everything can change after six months,” Javier spoke in his own experience.
“I’m happy to be at this great club. My goal is now to play a very good second half of the season,” he added.
Levekusen move turned out to be a great choice for Javier Hernandez, who completely turned his career around in Bundesliga.
However, dilemma remains.
Return to the Premier League would offer greater competitive challenge for the player in a more exposed competition such as the English top tier, while the club could also be presented with an opportunity to make an income on Chicharito’s sale.
Considered a bargain buy, the Mexican has seen a huge increase in value over the last couple of months and Bayer Leverkusen chiefs are adamant they would not allow Hernandez to leave unless there was a significant offer.
The German club’s aim is to forge a strong squad that could compete on numerous fronts and make respectable results both domestically and in Europe.
Champions League football would be a huge trump card when it comes to holding on to Javier Hernandez and other key players as they would be tempted to stay and fight with Leverkusen in the elite club competition.
On the other hand ‘exorbitant’ offer, as described by club’s chief executive Michael Schade, could put Bayer Leverkusen’s choices at test.