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Spotlight on…Javier Hernandez

Over the next 6 weeks, Sport Report will be taking a look at some of the world’s top up-and-coming footballing talents. First up is Manchester United and Mexico striker Javier Hernandez.

A few eyebrows were raised in April 2010 when it was announced that Manchester United had signed a little known Mexican striker named Javier Hernandez for a fee reportedly in the region of £7 million. Fans of the Premiership club had long been complaining that club owner Malcolm Glazer had burdened the club with so much debt that they were unable to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the transfer market. Hernandez, or Chicharito (little pea) as he is better known was not quite the big signing the fans had wished for and added fuel to the fire.

The World Cup in South Africa sowed seeds of hope at the Old Trafford club as the 22 year old impressed with a string of top level performances and netted goals against France and Argentina. It seemed that United had signed a star in the making.

During his first season in England, Hernandez has justified both the faith shown by Sir Alex Ferguson in signing him, and the transfer fee. He has forced his way in to first team reckoning and helped ease the scoring burden on Wayne Rooney. In just 20 Premiership appearances, the striker has scored 10 goals and in all competitions, has netted 14 times in 31 games, particularly impressive when one considers that many of these appearances have been from the bench. The youngster has shown pace in abundance and the fact that his 10 league goals have come from just 14 shots on target demonstrates his eye for goal, something which has drawn comparisons with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Hernandez celebrates scoring the winner versus Valencia (This image is the property of The Sun)

He has carried his club form on to the international stage too, becoming a key player for Mexico. Chicharito has amassed 21 caps and scored 12 times, including goals against the likes of Argentina, France, the Netherlands and Spain.

If his first season in English football is a sign of things to come, Hernandez has a bright future ahead of him and looks set to continue the tradition of great goal scorers at Manchester United.

Javier Hernandez

Name: Javier Hernández Balcázar

Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Mexico

Nationality: Mexican

Date of Birth: 1st June 1988

Career League Appearances: 84

Career League Goals: 36

Total Career Appearances: 111

Total Career Goals: 43

International Caps: 21

International Goals: 12

Key Attributes: searing pace, excellent finisher and for a small player, exceptional in the air

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