Would move to Italian champions Juventus suit this Manchester United star?

Javier Hernandez

Miguel Herrera believes that Juventus would be the ideal destination for Javier Hernandez - but would Chicharito have the space to thrive in Turin?

Javier Hernandez’s time at Manchester United seems well and truly up as Louis van Gaal’s project takes hold.

After a torrid campaign last time out in which the 26-year-old bagged just four Premier League goals, he faces dwindling prospects at Old Trafford in the coming season.

And the 26-year-old is widely reported to be one of the seven players the Dutch boss plans to see off to new pastures before the transfer window closes in a matter of weeks.

The question now is where Hernandez should go, having spent four years with the Red Devils after moving to Europe from hometown club Guadalajara in 2010.

On Tuesday, Mexico boss Miguel Herrera gave his verdict: “I think Hernandez needs to leave. I think Juventus would be a good option for him.

“I think there are a lot of opportunities. They are not bad opportunities. If he goes to Juventus that would be an extraordinary team. Without a doubt, it would be a nice change for him.”

The Bianconeri have indeed been linked with a move for the Mexican striker, while interest from Serie A rivals Inter Milan and Spanish champions Atletico Madrid has also been reported.

But would Juventus really be the ideal destination for him?

The bottom line for Hernandez is that he needs minutes. Even with a reputation as a 'super sub', going to a club where he can compete for a starting role seems the best option.

And in the case of Juventus, the main concern is about the number of chances he would receive. Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente have a tight grip on the two spots available up front.

The pair were the most prolific strike duo in Serie A last term with 35 goals between them. Meanwhile, highly-rated youngster Alvaro Morata has already joined the club from Real Madrid this summer for £16 million.

Morata picked up an injury in his first training session but should be ready to return to action by mid-September, ensuring that there will be plenty competition for minutes already.

Throw Sebastian Giovinco into the mix - should he stay at Juventus - and it becomes clear that Hernandez would face quite a fight to get on the pitch for Massimiliano Allegri's side.

Sitting as the fourth-choice striker behind Tevez, Llorente and Morata would leave Chicharito in a position similar to that at United - backing up Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck.

There is of course a chancethat  Hernandez could join Juventus and carve out a productive place for himself, but the risk of being starved for minutes looks quite high at the moment.

The Mexican is a quality striker despite his struggles of late. He certainly needs a challenging environment and deserves a high-level club. However, landing at Juventus would bring about a strong possibility that his current predicament could be prolonged.

What Hernandez needs is a ready-made opportunity to prove himself once again - something that the Italian champions don’t look prepared to provide.

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