Monday, August 19, 2019

Javier Hernandez would be a good signing for most EPL teams


Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez has been linked with a return to the Premier League this summer

Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez has been linked with a return to the Premier League on numerous occasions

Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez seems to have thrown doubt over his future in Germany by failing to confirm his loyalty to Bayer.

The 28-year-old has two years left on his contract but has stated he is not sure if he will stay, because of past experiences.

Unsure about future

The striker has moved clubs on deadline day in both 2014 and 2015, so is unsure over whether he will still be with Leverkusen when the transfer window shuts.

Hernandez is quoted in Marca as saying: “You never know in football. In the last two years, I have changed [teams] on the last day of the transfer window. I thought that I was going to stay in Madrid. I also thought that I was going to stay in Manchester. I then I ended up at Leverkusen,”

It would be a slight surprise to see the striker move on this summer. The striker experienced a highly productive first campaign in Germany, scoring 26 goals in 40 appearances for Leverkusen.

Due to his goal scoring exploits in the first half of last season, Chicharito was linked with a January return to the Premier League, with even Manchester United mooted as a possible destination.

It would seem strange if Hernandez did want to move on this summer. At Bayer Leverkusen, he is a regular starter and will play Champions League football in the new season. He is unlikely to challenge for the big trophies with Bayer though.

A choice to make for Hernandez

Hernandez would be a good signing for most Premier League clubs, but he is unlikely to get into the forward lines of the big clubs. Something he had a problem with at both United and Real Madrid during his short loan spell.

He was regarded as a super-sub at United. However, the striker struggled to nail down a regular starting position at Old Trafford. However, at Bayer Leverkusen he has proven if he is given regular first team football he will score goals on a regular basis.

The likes of Everton, West Ham and Southampton would be the sort of teams he would thrive in, but none of those teams could offer the striker Champions League football. That would mean he would have to choose between playing in Europe’s top competition and playing in the Premier League.

Last January he was linked with a move to Liverpool. However, it seems that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp already has enough strikers to tide him over next season. The Merseysiders are currently looking to offload Belgian striker Christian Benteke though, so you just never know.

One club that was also mentioned in that winter window was Arsenal, who seem to be forever seeking a new striker. Hernandez would score goals in the Gunners team.

One sticking point for Arsenal signing the striker is that Arsene Wenger does not sign players who are unlikely to have much sell-on value. At 28, Hernandez is unlikely to command much of a fee once he makes his next move.

The fact that he would score goals and is a clinical striker is probably lost on the veteran French boss, as he keeps looking at the future completely disregarding the present.

Hernandez has regained confidence in Germany

Javier Hernandez may never be considered in the top bracket of players. At Manchester United, he failed to nail down a place because he was not quite top bracket.

Despite that fact, he is a natural born goalscorer. The move to Bayer Leverkusen was necessary to help the Mexican regain his confidence. If he is confident and in-form Hernandez will score goals no matter what league he is playing in.

At the moment he is playing in the Bundesliga and is odds of 12/1 to win the golden boot in Germany next season. As the striker is reported to have said, anything can happen in football, especially in the current crazy transfer market.

It would not be a major surprise to see the Mexican international plying his trade in the English top-flight once again in the new season. However, if he does remain in the Bundesliga I am sure he will continue to be prolific and no doubt he will once again be linked with a return to England.

Should a Premier League make a move for Javier Hernandez?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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