If Javier Hernandez is offered a way out of Old Trafford this summer, he may well take it.
Javier Hernandez is a very popular striker at Manchester United because he’s the sort of player who will always give everything he has, regardless of how he’s being used or the role he’s been asked to play.
There is no doubt he’s behind Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck at the club right now, which means if another club comes in with a good offer for him this summer, it’s something he may think long and hard about.
It’s an awkward one because a lot of United fans will point to the fact he looks settled and happy in a United shirt, meaning there seems very little desire to push for a move away from Old Trafford.
However, he’s a top class striker who will want to play games and that’s not something United can guarantee him. He’s only started six Premier League games this season and has come off the bench on nine occasions.
He’s still a very young man at 24-years-old so he may not seek a move away from United just yet but his desire to play in the big games for the club will be huge.
He’s likely to get more chances over the rest of the season because Sir Alex Ferguson will want to keep all of his strikers fresh and effective, especially now United are out of the Champions League and have fewer games to play.
The dilemma he has is whether to join a smaller club where he is guaranteed to start a higher ratio of games but miss out on the biggest matches or stick with United and endure a similar role to his current one for the foreseeable future.
He could move to another club of similar stature but there is no guarantee that club would instantly start offering him starting roles ahead of other big strikers for Champions League matches and important domestic games.
United would be naïve to let him go without a fight because he is still one of the best goal poachers the club has.
He has that ability to be all over the opposition defence like a rash which creates more time and space for the influential players in the United midfield to brand themselves onto a game.
The fact he’s so young means he may not seek a move away from the club as an older and more experienced player may. It’s up to him to make himself indispensible to the club if he doesn’t want to make that difficult choice in the summer window.
United fans, do you think he’ll leave?
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