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Chelsea and Arsenal should move for Javier Hernandez in January

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Hernandez is an underrated talent.  (©GettyImages)
Hernandez is an underrated talent. (©GettyImages).

There are a fair few areas of the Manchester United squad Sir Alex Ferguson left David Moyes that need supplement.

One position that doesn't need much work on it though is the striking role, in which they have four capable candidates all vying for a starting spot.

It's pretty much guaranteed that due to their incredibly high efficiency and goals to game ratio, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are always going to get the nod ahead of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, but that doesn't mean the latter duo don't merit football at the highest level.

However, whilst Welbeck can use his pace and trickery to re-fashion himself as a forward thinking winger in order to force himself into the starting XI, Hernandez isn't so lucky. The Mexican is as out-and-out as they come in terms of clinical frontmen, and his real abilities lie in being in the right place at the right time, and having the awareness to stick the ball in the back of the net when the right pass finds it's way to his feet.

For me Hernandez is just the kind of striker that the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal need. He's proven at the highest level and his record, which currently reads as having scored 51 goals in 121 games, would look far more convincing had he enjoyed more minutes on the pitch rather than garnering a large percentage of his appearance as a second half substitute.

Despite being heavily linked with Valencia and to some extent Tottenham over the course of the summer, Hernandez has never really looked like leaving Old Trafford, but how long will he be content to play second-fiddle?

As long as Van Persie and Rooney remain at the club he will always make way in the biggest matches, and at 25 he can barely be considered a young starlet waiting for his chance.

It's unlikely that Moyes would risk the wide criticism he would inevitably receive if he were to sell Hernandez to one of United's title rivals, but that doesn't mean Mourinho and Wenger shouldn't try.

Chelsea's only major problem this year seems to be there lack of a reliably effective finisher who can dig them out of trouble and ease the ever-present burden on the midfielders to score the goals that wrap up the points.

Hernandez is tailor made to either feed of the scraps produced by attempts coming from the likes of Lampard and Hazard, or utilise the crosses and through balls that are a consistent part of the games of Oscar and Mata.

Arsenal on the other hand are in dyer need of back up for Olivier Giroud and once again, Hernandez's style of one-touch finishing would suit their nippy passing play better than most.

Both Mourinho and Wenger will undoubtedly looking to add a proven goalscorer in January and I myself would love the chance to see Hernandez as a regular fixture in a title-challenging squad rather than the perennial super-sub that his time at United has moulded him into.

Whilst Moyes may hold out for a large sum, the truth is he has the personnel to cover Hernandez's departure, and with the ever-developing Jesse Lingard setting his sights on a United berth in the near future, it may be that Hernandez leaves to cushion his return from his Birmingham loan sooner rather than later.

Mourinho will look to the likes of Falcao, Wenger will target Benzema. But in Hernandez they have a ready made solution to their woes, all they need to do is concentrate their efforts at persuading him to give up his faltering Old Trafford dream.

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