The departure of Javier Hernandez out of Manchester United on transfer deadline day was not exactly surprising, but his destination will have raised a few eyebrows. The Mexican international has swapped the Red Devils for ‘Los Blancos’, as he joins up with Carlo Ancelotti’s squad at Real Madrid.
Supposedly, the forward had become frustrated at United due to his lack of first-team opportunities. Supposedly, he was angling for a move away from Old Trafford in search of regular playing time. Supposedly, he expects to get that at Madrid?
The move looks to be very much a case of ‘out of the frying pan, and into the fire’, as it does not look likely to engineer a significant change in fortune for Hernandez. Whilst it must be great to have the Bernabeu team on one’s CV, it is difficult to see where Hernandez is likely to get his opportunities to actually play for them regularly.
Injuries aside, the United man is not likely to break past Karim Benzema as the team’s out and out striker, and it is even less probable that he will usurp the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez in the current squad. In terms of career progression, Hernandez’ latest move might be considered a backwards step before it is considered a forwards one.
He has been drafted in as a replacement for Alvaro Morata, who left the Spanish capital to join Juventus earlier this summer. The young Spaniard’s reason for leaving – he was not being played enough. Hernandez may have arrived at the European champions, but it is difficult to see why.