Can Javier Hernandez become a success at Real Madrid?

Super sub to....super sub? (©GettyImages)

Javier Hernandez's signing for Real Madrid almost went unnoticed this summer, lost amidst the fanfare that greeted both James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos.

"Chicharito" slipped into the Santiago Bernabeu on deadline day in a move that baffled many.

Why, for example were Los Blancos keen on acquiring yet another striker to supplement their expensively assembled front line?

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And why too, was the player seemingly happy at swapping the subs bench at Old Trafford for the subs bench in Madrid?

Per David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror, Hernandez was making noises as far back as February concerning his unhappiness at being left on the sidelines:

"I'm very eager to play as my club don't take me much into account. I hope I have the opportunity to play [for Mexico]."

The Champions League game against Ludogorets last week represented Hernandez's first Real Madrid start - a full month after signing on the dotted line.

No difference

His situation in terms of playing time is certainly no different to his tenure in Manchester, but perhaps a change is as good as a rest for the Mexican.

And can he really alter the status quo and force himself ahead of the likes of Rodriguez, Bale or Benzema in the pecking order?

You'd have to say that's extremely unlikely, but at the time of writing he's only behind Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo in the scoring charts, per WhoScored.

Indeed, Hernandez has never really had a problem with finding the net, his 37 in 102 games for Manchester United being a more than acceptable ratio.

Consistency needed

The issue is one of finding a consistent place in the starting XI. Those 102 appearances were spread out over a four-year period and included as many, if not more, substitute appearances as starting berths.

With only a season to impress if Little Pea's loan move is not made permanent, time is very much of the essence.

Rumours of Karim Benzema's sale continue to do the rounds and if Hernandez can take his opportunities to impress, then there is a very real possibility of a claim for a central striking role come January.

Albeit, the Frenchman's aggressive and robust skill set is very different to the rapier like poaching instincts of the Mexican and Madrid may have to set up slightly differently to make Hernandez's presence worthwhile.

Definition of success

When all is said and done, what will define whether his tenure in the Spanish capital is seen as a success or not?

A sustained run in the side? Goals scored whenever he's called upon? Able assistance to the likes of Ronaldo and Bale?

In truth, an element of all three is needed otherwise Chicharito risks becoming just another statistic on the Los Blancos merry-go-round.

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