Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez has made the very best of his limited appearances for the Red Devils since arriving from Guadalajara three years ago, hitting the back of the net 33 times in his 77 league games in England, coming off the bench in 35 of those.
But with injury disrupting his start to the season, the 25-year-old could find himself too far down the Old Trafford pecking order to make an impact under David Moyes and the 19/20 on him scoring less than 9.5 league goals this season looks like value.
‘Chicharito’ turned down the opportunity to replace new £26m Tottenham signing Roberto Soldado at La Liga club Valencia to stay and fight for his place at United.
However, Danny Welbeck is in red-hot form for both club and country and Wayne Rooney is blocking Hernandez’s route to even the bench, so the 55-times capped Mexican international may live to regret passing up a move to the Mestalla.
The striker has hit at least ten goals in each of his three seasons at United – his best return was 13 in 2010/2011 – but although he has never been a regular starter at Old Trafford, reports that new gaffer Moyes was willing to listen to offers at the start of the summer do not bode well for the player.
With the emergence of Welbeck as a goalscoring force – he struck twice in the champions 4-1 victory over Swansea City, to add to his equalising header in England’s 2-1 win against Scotland – and Rooney set to remain in the north west as back-up to first-choice goal-hunter Robin van Persie, Hernandez may not get a look-in after his hamstring clears up.
He is at 3/4 to break into double figures in the league this term but that price should be swerved in favour of the 19/20 play on under ten.
Whether such a limited return would be enough for Hernandez to consider remaining at Old Trafford beyond the end of the current campaign remains to be seen.