Chicharito: the way of the drunken poacher master

Often cast as a narrow and limited footballer, Javier Hernandez’s uncanny ability to score goals is reminiscent of the improbably effective Pippo Inzaghi; a poacher somewhat fondly remembered for being able to do little else but find the back of the net.

With Manchester United’s troubled defence leaking early goals this year, the Mexican has reasserted himself as the team’s modern day super sub, delivering the goods on demand when called upon. A few more pots and titles for Chicharito at Old Trafford and he could one day challenge Ole Gunnar Solksjaer as the club’s most legendary last minute hero.

Compared to his fellow strikers however, Hernandez does look technically deficient. His link up play is relatively poor in comparison to Rooney, Van Persie and Welbeck, who are all about to create, pass and contribute to the approach play with clever touches and feints. Last year the gleeful striker appeared to have become all too self-aware of his short comings, especially as he vied for game time with the technically immaculate Dimitar Berbatov. As he lost the grinning enthusiasm of his breakthrough first year, Chich struggled through a difficult second season with his knack for scoring goals blunted by dwindling appearances and over-thinking the basics of his game. Continue reading

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