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Javier Hernandez must not join Tottenham

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Hernandez is set for a make-or-break season at United (©GettyImages)
Hernandez is set for a make-or-break season at United (©GettyImages).

If Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has aspirations of playing more first-team football then leaving Old Trafford makes perfect sense.

However, if his dreams stretch to playing for Tottenham, he would be best advised to think again.

It's universally agreed that Hernandez, the livewire Mexico international, deserves more playing time.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed short bursts of first-team action at Old Trafford - but has often found himself behind the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in the pecking order.

With 50 goals in 117 matches for the Red Devils and a remarkable 35 goals in 53 games for Mexico, there's no doubt that the man referred to as Chricharito is a natural-born goalscorer who would improve any strike-force in the world.

However, that single-mindedness to score goals has also worked against him at times. Whereas the likes of Van Persie, Rooney and Danny Welbeck are all comfortable playing in slightly different positions across the forward-line, Hernandez only knows one way to play: as a penalty-box predator.

Outside of the box, the Mexican - who arrived at Old Trafford from Mexican giants Chivas Guadalajara in 2010 - struggles to make an impact, hence why Sir Alex Ferguson often opted for one of his team-mates to occupy the striker role instead.

Hernandez has yet to feature under Ferguson's successor David Moyes, but with Van Persie undoubtedly the manager's first-choice to lead the line in the biggest matches, the Mexican should brace himself for another frustrating campaign.

That sense of frustration, though, would not cease by making the move to White Hart Lane.

Like Manchester United, Spurs play with one recognised striker, flanked by two attack-minded wingers. And that role has been filled by the club's current record signing, Roberto Soldado, who arrived from Valencia for around £26m this summer.

The Spain international has already scored four goals in three matches for his new employers and has a little more to his all-round game than Hernandez, who is wanted by the north London outfit as an upgrade on back-up striker Jermain Defoe.

Sure, he would get a little more first-team football, but not a whole lot more - and a striker of Hernandez's calibre deserves to be leading the line for a big club.

This is a make-or-beak season for Hernandez at Old Trafford. Sadly, it looks increasingly likely that he will need to move on in order to fulfil his potential.

But unless Soldado fails to cut the mustard at White Hart Lane, he should ignore the advances of Tottenham.

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