Javier Hernandez will have been optimistic that his fortunes would change following his summer move from Manchester United to Real Madrid but, alas, times have been even worse for the striker at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Hernandez was rarely used at Old Trafford last season during that ill-fated reign of David Moyes, while the acquisition of Radamel Falcao at the end of the campaign threw the Mexican’s future into further doubt.
A loan move to Madrid offered a fresh chance for Hernandez but, after a decent start to life in Spain, things have gone to pot somewhat for the 26-year-old.
Hernandez has not found the net for Real Madrid since October 29 - that’s 150 days - but he finally had a moment to saviour when back on international duty this weekend, scoring a lovely goal for Mexico.
It was in fact a goal against type given the reputation he earned at Manchester United as a fox in the box, with this strike against Ecuador a beautiful curling effort from outside the penalty area.
He still clearly has plenty to offer, even if that is unlikely to be with Manchester United or Real Madrid. With the forward set to return to Old Trafford at the end of the season, there will no doubt be a queue of potential suitors, given that he is surplus to requirements.
Hernandez could still produce the goods for an elite club in the Premier League and it will be interesting to see who does indeed move to sign him this summer.
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