Why Real Madrid should swoop for Javier Hernandez

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Isco’s performance against Manchester United proves Real Madrid need sufficient back-up to Karim Benzema this season.

It may be a little premature to start questioning Real Madrid based on their pre-season showing of three games and three losses, but there are certainly questions to be raised ahead of the new season.

New signings Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, as well as Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo have barely featured, if at all, so all is not lost just yet for the European Champions.

Gareth Bale’s form is still very good; the one positive from an otherwise disappointing evening against Manchester United on Saturday.

But the most notable aspect of the weekend's game in Michigan was that if anything happened to Karim Benzema, Madrid could hit a spot of trouble.

Unless they were to use Ronaldo as an out-and-out striker, which rarely happens, the Spanish giants do not have suitable back-up for Benzema. Isco performed the false-nine role against United, and failed miserably in his attempts. Why Ancelotti has opted to select the young midfielder as a utility in the absence of Benzema is startling.

Alvaro Morata was the option from the bench, but now he has jumped ship to Juventus. There was talk of Romelu Lukaku arriving at the Bernabéu, and continued speculation that Falcao could join.

Falcao represents expensive business, something Real do not need to delve in to. There are plenty of cheaper options suitable for their second striker. How about Javier Hernandez?

The Mexican scored against Madrid, and is the ultimate poacher. He has scored 37 in 101 for Manchester United in the Premier League, which when considering he has been a bit-part player for the last four years, is a good record.

United do not - and will probably continue not to - use him as a starter, and a bid of around £15million could be enough to secure his services.

He is quick, has great movement and a knack for getting goals from the bench. He fits what Madrid need perfectly, and they’ll be able to sign him using the money Rodriguez has made them in shirt sales already.

He is relatively cheap, hungry and used to playing second fiddle.  In short, Hernandez is just the type of player Real Madrid need.

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