The reason we all love football so much is that, unlike so many other facets of life, it’s largely unpredictable.
Certain elements of the game are still easy to read however. For example, we always felt that Javier Hernandez’s loan move from Manchester United to Real Madrid would be problematic.
This was a guy who wanted a move because he ostensibly wasn’t happy with the bit-part role that he had at Manchester United. But, if you want more minutes, you don’t move to Real Madrid. You would surely move to smaller club with fewer top forwards.
The Real Madrid move perhaps appealed to Chicharito’s vanity. We can’t blame him for that. Unwanted at Manchester United but wanted by Madrid. Many would go for it just to prove their employers wrong.
Anyway, it’s panned out as expected with the Mexican not getting into the team much – he’s made just 13 appearances and most of those were off the bench. Consequently there has been much speculation about his future. But his representative has moved to quell the rumours, for now anyway. He is quoted as saying :
“Sometimes the media speculate too much and assume situations. A few days ago I was with the Real Madrid directors and Javier. He will not leave the club [in January].
“Yes, he is eager to play more minutes but he knows that hard work will open up more opportunities. He has his future ahead of him.”
Chicharito – who has been prolific for his country with 38 goals in just 70 games – is a top pro and will get more minutes at Real Madrid this season. But with Karin Benzema in the form of his life Hernandez will remain a second string player, barring injury to others. We can see him moving again at the end of the season.
It’s unlikely that he will stay at Manchester United so perhaps a move to another Premier League club beckons.
Manchester United fans: do you want him back?