He may be facing an uncertain future in football but it would seem that on-loan Manchester United star Javier Hernandez has no intentions of resting on his laurels in a Real Madrid shirt.
The Mexico international was handed his 11th appearance of the season for Los Blancos during their virtually dead rubber Copa del Rey fixture against minnows Cornella, and almost added to his tally with a venomous half-volley which rebounded off the crossbar and ended up going in courtesy of one of the visiting defenders.
However it was his assist for James Rodriguez’s second goal in the first half - Real’s third on the night - which will be remembered for all the right reasons. Receiving a chipped ball from the left, Hernandez managed to direct a neat, first-time, back-heel to James, who coolly placed the ball into the far corner with his mercurial left foot.
It may have passed relatively unnoticed due to the nature of the scoreline - Real won the game 5-0, and the tie 9-1 overall - but it certainly won’t be forgotten by those championing the idea that he should be given a consistent run of games in which to prove himself.
Rumours earlier this week appeared to confirm the notion that Hernandez would be looking for a new club as of January, with Carlo Ancelotti supposedly having made it clear that he does not want to bring him in on a permanent basis once his loan spell ends, and Louis van Gaal busy constructing his United side without him.
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Where to go from here?
Despite his healthy scoring ratio the diminutive forward has never been given the chance to prove his worth at Old Trafford, and his ‘super-sub’ tag appears to have followed him to Spain.
Neither Sir Alex Ferguson or David Moyes were ready to make him their first-choice frontman, and Ancelotti currently has Karim Benzema in a rich vein of form, along with Cristiano Ronaldo stealing headlines each week for his exploits in front of goal.
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