How would Hernandez fit in at Tottenham?

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According to The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in acquiring the services of Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez.

At first glimpse, and from a Tottenham perspective, the wisdom of this move seems fairly obvious.  Hernandez - also known as Chicharito - is perhaps one of the best finishers in the Premier League, and his ability to pop up at the right place and at the right time is rivalled only by the very best in the business.

The trouble for the Mexican is that he can barely get a game at Old Trafford, and with it looking increasingly likely that Wayne Rooney will stay put at United, the chances of Chicharito regularly starting for the Premier League champions appear to be very slim indeed.

So given that the player doesn't get much game time, you might perhaps think it was a fairly obvious move for Tottenham to bid for Hernandez, but when you actually think about it; if the rumoured bid has actually taken place, it's a rather odd move from Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas.  Let me explain.

Having captured Roberto Soldado in a megabucks move earlier this summer, Villas-Boas and Tottenham sporting director Franco Baldini have also just completed the signing of Erik Lamela from Roma in a £30million deal.

Soldado was acquired for around £26 million, meaning that Spurs have already spent over £50million on strikers this summer. Lamela may well play just behind Soldado, but nevertheless, one would think that these two players were in pole position for starting spots at White Hart Lane.

Having considered this, let us consider again why Spurs are interested in buying Hernandez?  Villas-Boas favours a single striker in his current formation, which would make Chicharito's opportunities almost as limited as they currently are at Old Trafford.  Quite simply, a move for the Mexican would have limited worth for a Spurs side intent on breaking into the top four.

It may be that because Tottenham are believed to be on the cusp of securing a world record transfer fee for Gareth Bale, the north London club are happy to attempt to purchase another striker who may well spend much of his time warming the bench, but it seems unlikely that the Mexican would want to trade his title-winning bench in Manchester for an altogether less successful one in London.

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