Former Real Madrid and Mexico striker Hugo Sanchez insists Javier Hernandez will be a huge hit in La Liga, after sealing a surprise move to the Spanish giants before the transfer deadline.
Deemed surplus to requirements under new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, Hernandez joins the European champions on a season-long loan deal, with a view to a permanent £17 million switch upon completion of the 2014-15 campaign.
Sanchez, who scored a remarkable 207 goals in 283 appearances during his seven seasons with Real, believes his compatriot will bounce back from his recent disappointment at Old Trafford to thrive under Carlo Ancelotti, but warns not to burden the striker with comparisons to his own record.
‘I'm convinced Chicharito will triumph at Real Madrid, as will Raul Jimenez at Atletico and [Javier] Aquino at Rayo Vallecano,' he told Record.
‘If leaving Manchester United is difficult, he has done it to come to Madrid and that, of course, is commendable.
‘Congratulations to Chicharito, hopefully he'll be lucky.
‘I will not let them pressure him with comparisons. They are odious. I will not let them pressure Chicharito, or Raul, or Aquino.
‘In my career, I had my own path; they will have theirs. What you have to do is support them, give them confidence, motivation and keep their confidence up.’
Hernandez, 26, made six starts in 24 league games for United last season, with just four goals to show for his efforts, taking an obvious step back from the promise he showed during the previous three campaigns under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The 66-times capped international also lost his place in Mexico’s starting lineup for the World Cup, but had been hoping that a fresh start with Van Gaal could get his once-flourishing career in Manchester back on track.
Instead, Hernandez will now be competing for minutes among Real’s imposing front-line, which features both Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, making his prospects of a regular starting spot doubtful.
However, as he demonstrated during the first three seasons at United, when he netted 50 times in 117 total appearances, the former Chivas frontman can prove an efficient scoring option off the bench, and that should be the role he fills at the Bernabeu going forward.