Pochettino must change system if he signs unsettled Manchester United striker

Javier Hernandez

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a move for Manchester United-owned Javier Hernandez, according to reports.

According to The Express, Tottenham are monitoring the situation of striker Javier Hernandez, who is currently on loan at Real Madrid from Manchester United.

The Spanish outfit have reportedly told United that they will not be signing the Mexican at the end of his loan deal, and reports suggest that the Red Devils are keen to offload the poacher.

Mauricio Pochettino is looking to bolster his striking options at White Hart Lane, with only youngster Harry Kane and the inconsistent Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor to call upon. At just 26 years of age, Hernandez would be an ideal addition.

  TeamGoalsConversion Rate (%)AssistsChances CreatedPass Accuracy (%)AppsMins
Javier Hernandez Real Madrid 3 60 1 2 83% 6 157

The Mexican international has already netted three goals for Los Blancos, having made just six La Liga appearances this term. While renowned for his poaching ability, two of these came via sensational strikes from outside the 18-yard-box against Deportivo de La Coruna. 

Despite a lack of first-team opportunities, he has shown just how clinical he can be. Having hit the target from 60% of his attempts, failing to convert just two opportunities, he cannot be accused of being wasteful with his chances. 

Nonetheless, merciless finishing is not the only string to his bow. Already he has one assist to his name, while finding success in 83% of his total attempted passes. Furthermore, regardless of his size, he has found success in 50% of his headed duels.

The one concern regarding a prospective move for Hernandez is his playing style. A typical 'fox-in-the-box', much like Roberto Soldado - who has faced a tremendous struggle since his move to the Lane - the Mexican could encounter similar problems if forced to adapt to Spurs' current attacking system. 

It can be said, without doubt, that Hernandez plays at his best when supported by a strike partner in a two man front-line.

With Pochettino opting for a 4-5-1 set-up throughout the current campaign - as he did throughout his time with Southampton - it's hard to see Chicharito thriving at the London outfit, unless changes are made. 

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