Manchester United manager talks up his penalty-box striker.
Currently playing third fiddle to striking duo Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney at Manchester United, manager David Moyes has moved to praise Javier Hernandez, 25, for the alternative skill-set he provides when selected.
Hernandez's strike-rate is below one-goal-per-two-games, yet a number of his appearances have come from the bench. Regardless of playing time he remains an unforgiving forward when inside the penalty-box and Moyes has enthused his old-school number 9 movement.
'I think sometimes in the box it’s your movement so you can lose big defenders and markers,' Moyes said of Chicharito, a 5'9 prima punta, according to the club's official website.
'I think Chicha did that and he's done great - his movement in the box is terrific. It’s real centre-forward movement, and that is what Chicharito has always done for all his goals. Every time people talk about him, that’s what people tell me.
'He’s great in the box and he gets his goals that way.'
Last season, Hernandez returned ten goals from 22 appearances and 948 minutes of Premier League pitch-time. He also provided three assists.
His efficiency rate is remarkable for a player not ever-present in the first-team picture as he either scored or provided a goal once every 73 minutes. He also created 14 other chances and was on target with 60% of his shots (23 on target, 15 off target).
In comparison, Rooney's efficiency rate was one goal or assist every 91 minutes of Premier League football with 53% of his shots hitting the target while van Persie scored or assisted once every 89 minutes with a 55% striking accuracy.
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