Javier Hernandez is the darling boy of Mexican football, like Neymar is to Brazil, Messi and Argentina or Emmanuel Eboue to the Ivory Coast. (Maybe not that last example but you get the point). He is El Tri's third highest goalscorer of all time at just 26 and beloved by the whole nation. He also hasn't scored for the national team since last summer. And he won't be getting too many chances to at the World Cup either.
The Manchester United man has paid for his lack of minutes at domestic and amazingly it has cost him at a time when you think Mexico would need him most. New coach Miguel Herrera has decided Chicharito is not needed in his current Starting XI. Herrera favors Oribe Peralta to lead the line, a 30-year old that plays for Club America in Liga MX. Hernandez will be a bench player.
On the surface it seems crazy to think that Hernandez - the golden child of the 2010 World Cup - could shrink into irrelevancy for El Tri but it has happened. In the picture above you can see that Hernandez spent time in goal during training while playing against the 1st team. That sums up perfectly how far he has fallen.
Hernandez can accept where he is, even when the Pueblo Mexicano cannot. "The thing is, I don't feel myself to be a starting player.." Chicha stated in an interview earlier this week.
The 26-year old's sheer fame will guarantee him playing time though, however limited it may be. You can certainly expect Manchester United-esque 15/20 minute cameos from Hernandez off the bench.
Mexico are woefully out of form but so is Hernandez. In Peralta they have a man they can rely on to perform, he's scored consistently for the past few years. Hernandez doesn't guarantee that. The striker had his sides best chance in a pre-World Cup 1-0 loss to Bosnia. He hit the post when one-on-one with Asmir Begovic. That was his chance, his chance to prove his worth to Miguel Herrera and he fluffed it. And with that hit off the post went his chances of leading his country on the grandest stage of them all like he did in South Africa.
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