How has €6m Tottenham flop overtaken United star in four years?

Giovani Dos Santos

What a difference four years makes - as Giovanni dos Santos will start ahead of Manchester United's Javier Hernandez this evening.

The World Cup got under way last night, with host nation Brazil scraping a 3-1 win against an impressive Croatia side - thanks in part to some dodgy refereeing decisions in Sao Paulo.

Today the show gets into full flow, with three games later today to get pulses racing.

Australia take on Chile in the late kick-off, while the marquee game of the day has to be Spain v Holland later on. But it all gets started with a rather low key affair between Mexico and Cameroon - two teams coming into the tournament with their own troubles.

Cameroon recently went on strike, the players even missing their first scheduled plane to Brazil, over bonuses.

Mexico however struggled to qualify for the competition. They limped through CONCACAF qualifying before despatching of New Zealand in the inter-continental play-off tie in November 2013.

Today the two teams face off, both hoping to outdo Croatia and qualify along with group favourites Brazil for the second round.

But one man who is likely to start the game on the bench is Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez. It is being heavily reported that Mexico will start him from the bench this evening - with Oribe Peralta and Giovanni dos Santos leading the line instead.

And what a turnaround that is.

In 2010-11 Hernandez burst onto the scene at Manchester United - scoring 20 goals in 45 appearances, mostly as a substitute. Meanwhile, former Barca prodigy Giovanni was looking like a flop at Tottenham Hotspur. He played just five times for the club that season - scoring no goals, with a reasonably succesful loan spell at Racing Santander the only thing to write home about.

But last season was a complete role reversal. Dos Santos had a great term at Villarreal, scoring 12 and assisting eight goals in his 34 appearances in Spain. Chicharito on the other hand struggled at Manchester United. He rarely played and failed to shine when he did - with just nine goals in 35 appearances for the Red Devils.

With Peralta a goal-machine at the moment Hernandez must watch on as the homegrown star and the €6 million Spurs flop start this afternoon.

Quite a turnaround from four years ago.

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