Chicharito Looks To Shine At Real Madrid

Chicharito Headed To Real Madrid on Loan

Photo Courtesy of the Official Seleccion Nacional de Mexico Facebook Page

As many of us where enjoying the Sunday futbol action and we had heard for the past several days that it appeared as if Real Madrid were on the verge of acquiring Radamel Falcao on loan for a season were hit with a surprise. That surprise came in the form of Madrid based sports daily MARCA and others along with it reporting that Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez was on the verge of joining ‘Los Merengues’ on a season’s loan deal from Manchester United. Then on Monday ‘Chicharito’ was presented as the newest addition to the Real Madrid roster. This loan move for the Mexican forward has sparked a number of different sub-discussions in relation to the move. I will focus on two of these sub-discussions associated with ‘Chicharito’ making the move to Real Madrid for the 2014-15 season.

Entering the 2014-15 season the desire of all Mexican National Team fans was for ‘Chicharito’ to leave Manchester United and go play somewhere were he would get the chance to play week in and week out as opposed to just either being relegated to the bench or to not even be included in the gameday squad. For around a month, give or take a week or two, ‘Chicharito’ was linked with moves to Atletico Madrid, Valencia CF, Southampton, and most recently Juventus. Therefore when it was confirmed that he would be making the move to Real Madrid for the 2014-15 season, it left many while happy to see him leave Manchester United also feel a little confused and perplexed.  In essence, ‘Chicharito’ will be moving from being the fourth choice forward at Manchester United to being the second choice forward with a Real Madrid who plays with one forward 99% of the time.

With that in mind it is easy to see why the euphoria of ‘Chicharito’ joining Real Madrid was met with some trepidation by Mexican National Team fans. While on the surface it appears that it is all in all not a good move for ‘Chicharito’, things appear not to be as bad as it may appear. While he will not be the first choice starter with Real Madrid, given that he only has Karim Benzema ahead of him as the only out and out forward/striker. Given that aside from league play, ‘Los Merengues’ will also have Champions League, Copa del Rey, and FIFA Club World Cup this season, ‘Chicharito’ is guaranteed to see significantly more playing time than what he would have gotten at Manchester United.

Aside from only having one other out and out forward/striker on the current squad, ‘Chicharito’ has something else going for him which could see him do well with Real Madrid and that is his work ethic. ‘Chicharito’ is one of the most diligent and professional players both on and off the field of play and that diligence has seen him turn in one of the best goal per minute ratios of all players in Europe. It would come no surprise if at the end of the season we end up seeing ‘Chicharito’ finish scoring 15 plus goals for the 2014-15 season and with that, making it a successful loan move.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing Mexican National Team and Liga MX writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan

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