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Don't Get Too Excited About Javier Hernandez

Last week's biggest news, after our CL exit, was that Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez agreed to sign for United and will join the club next season. The Mexican striker will arrive from Chivas de Guadalajara where he scored an impressive 21 goals in 28 games.

But is he the salvation? No. Is he the man to play as a lone frontman when Rooney is injured? At 5'9', hardly. He's even smaller than Rooney and a lot less strong. He's quick, two-footed and skilful - a good second striker or wide forward but that's not what we need most.

And let's face it, he's another of those low-cost, low-risk signings, like Diouf or Owen. Fergie will judge him in training but the harsh realities suggest that he will play a maximum of 10 games next season, we'll reap the commercial rewards of having our first ever Mexican player on the books then he will depart with good memories, signing for some mid-table team in the Primera Division, a la Manucho.

I hope I'm wrong but seeing the opportunities granted to the likes of Obertan, Diouf and Manucho I'm not exactly optimistic about Hernandez, either...

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 11 2010

Time: 5:31PM

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erm zae, look im usually a fan of ur articles and im a huuuge united fan but lately uve really been peeping me off, with ur negative articles, yeah alright maybe were not gunna win the league and were playing rubbish but have some faith in ur team man no need to berate all the players on her just coz ur sour tht our seasons gone bad and about hernandez, weve just signed a young player and injected some youth into our ageing team and all u can say is tht he wont even have a career here and hes leaving after one season, i think he has a big future and u seriously need to get ur head straight mate, up united
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11/04/2010 18:41:00

ibbyb7 - Didn't you know Zea is a Liverpool fan? You should see all the articles he has written about them. I believe there are more Liverpool articles on here then United articles, everyone knows Zae is a Liverpool fan winding up the United supporters
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11/04/2010 18:56:00

The guy weighs less than 10 stone (136lb to be precise). How in the hell is he meant to cope with a team like Stoke having a kick at him? I reckon Fergie must be losing the plot quite rapidly, as I really can't see sopmeone so tiny making an impact in the PL. Actually, I take that back. I'm sure he'll make an impact in pitches up and down the land as he constantly gets sent flying...
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11/04/2010 20:30:00

Weighing in at less than 10 stone, I reckon this guy will make an impact on pitches up and down the country - when he eventually returns to earth after getting sent flying in every game.
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11/04/2010 20:33:00

Oops, my original post has reappeared now! (?) Doh!
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11/04/2010 20:33:00

Its a sign of the times City are talking about buying Torres and Fabregas and United are buying Hernandez who and extending deals for Gary Neville, Scholes and Giggs. The power has shifted in a big way!!
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11/04/2010 21:12:00

Thing is willy, City will still be TALKING about those players next summer - because TALK is all you've got. Kaka, Buffon, Alves, Fabregas, Torres, Gerrard, Terry all good players - none of whom will want to join City unless its to collect a fat retirement cheque like Vieira. The only thing thats changed is that you can now afford to buy players we dont want - which in fairness is a step up for you. We'll do what we've always done - invest in young players and turn them into world beaters. They wont all work out, but in the long term you just know we'll pull something out the bag - WE ALWAYS DO!
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11/04/2010 22:10:00

I dont understand why everyone is writing off Chicharito without ever seeing him play a game. You can find about 10 different suggested heights and weights for him online so I dont know how any of you can be so sure he is going to flop because of his size. Im pretty sure CR7 was a light-weight when he arrived but he added enough muscle for two players and we're currently doing a fairly decent job with Nani, Anderson and the twins in that respect. But hey, you guys are probably right - stoke will kill anyone who isnt at least 5'10". Do you guys wanna tell Arshavin, Tevez, Wright-Phillips, Joe Cole and Michael Owen to leave or should I? Whilst your at it lets send out a few emails to Ribery, Villa, Aguero, Silva and Douglas Costa to tell them they arent gonna make it either.
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11/04/2010 22:46:00

Tuscan3000 - you are now sounding a little bitter and a lot defensive. The power has shifted within Manchester - if Hernandez is the best you can do, well it does say something or do you disagree? Equally I genuinely believe that if we get 4th this year we will sign the likes of Fabregas and Torres. Why shouldn't we, as we are not massively in debt but the richest club in the world, who can pay the richest wages and hopefully compete with the best players in the biggest Club tournament. Watch out we are coming and Fergie is so past it, he can't do anything but signup unknown Mexican strikers.
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12/04/2010 00:12:00

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12/04/2010 00:44:00

Have you seen a picture of this 'guy'? Maybe Chicharita would be more appropriate. He reminds me of Hilary S***** in Boys Don't Cry. In my best Austin Powers - 'That's a woman, baby!'
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12/04/2010 01:41:00

Fabregas will not sign for man city EVER!!!!! somethings money cannot buy. He will eventually leave arsenal but we all know where he will be headed.
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12/04/2010 01:42:00

LOL Fabregas for Man City, he's equally likely to sign for Derby County. And I agree with the first comment. Zae's articles seem extremely negative these days. I would prefer us sign players like Hernandez, who has a brilliant name for a footballer by the way, than spend over the top sums for players like Ribery or Aguero, as we have plenty of talent in the squad already. The only position that really needs to be invested in is central midfield and it doesn't even need to be something huge, someone like Milner could do a job there.
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12/04/2010 02:52:00

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12/04/2010 07:29:00

I didn't know Nigel Clough was in for Fabregas, maybe City will have to up the offer ... all I know is that's where he is going.
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12/04/2010 10:52:00

PS Theres a great video on the Man City Vital site called Here and Now - recommend you watch it.
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12/04/2010 11:00:00

I do disagree willy. I dont know whether Hernandez is the best we can do because firstly, the transfer window hasnt opened so I dont know whether we'll sign someone better and secondly I've never seen him play so I dont know if there is anyone better - he might be amazing - he might not - until I watch him play a few games I cant say. Seeing as you havent signed ANYONE I dont know where you're seeing this shift. I've seen the players you've been linked with and even with champions league football you couldnt sign most of them. What I cant believe is that you still havent managed to grasp that not every player can be seduced by your millions. Even the players you already have dont all want to stay. I swear to you Im not bitter. I'd love to see City sign Messi, Kaka, Ozil etc as I love football and want to be able to see the best players play in the premier league. But realistically, those guys are young and have enough talent to play for the best teams in the world - which regardless of money will never include you. You might well sign Villa, Ribery, Ronaldinho, Buffon this summer - but they how much that'll help you remains to be seen.
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12/04/2010 13:57:00

The video was 27 seconds and consisted of Tevez wiggling his bum.
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12/04/2010 14:00:00

4-5-1 is not the way forward. that formation is too dependent on 1 person
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12/04/2010 17:58:00

Tuscan - there's a huge difference between being linked with players in the media and actually wanting to sign them - I don't for one minute believe that City will bid for Fabregas; rather this is just press hacks trying to stir up a bit of controversy before our trip to the Emirates in a couple of week's time. As to our real targets, who knows? My suspicion is that we will be attempting to lure young hungry players who have the potential to develop into superstars rather than trying to splash the cash on the likes of Ribery et al. But at least we only need 2/3 players unlike your lot, who look like they could do with a complete rebuild! And say what you like, unless this Hernandez hits the ground running, he will not be an immediate solution to your problems. Just stop trying to pretend that you are not just a little bit worried that manu no longer seem to be in the market for established players but seem to be over-reliant on young "potential" that fits into your current budgetary restraints. You could be in for a good few lean years...
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12/04/2010 19:33:00

Firstly, I agree with you on Citys targets in that you'll be looking at young potential superstars - my point was to willy who seems to believe everything he reads - the idea that qualifying for the champions league will allow City to handpick anybody the want from any team (including domestic rivals) just because they have money is laughable (it seems to me that you can see that too, so maybe you could have a word with willy). Secondly I'm genuinely not worried because I cant think of a time when we have genuinely been in the market for established players (that means 25-30 years olds, playing in the top leagues or players costing £20M+). The only difference now is that instead of being linked with them we're being told we cant afford them. The reality is that aside from english players (who come with an extra hefty price tag) we've only tried to buy established foreigners a few times and most of the time they havent worked out for us anyway (Berba and Veron Im looking at you!). We always buy players who are either young or unproven in the top leagues and develop them from there. So the idea of not signing Villa, Silva, Aguero, Ribery etc doesnt really upset me as its not something we've ever really tried to do anyway.
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12/04/2010 23:46:00

With due respect, Fabregas has too much sense of history and general class to sign for Citeh who have become the Lotto Chavs part deux. Terry is a more realistic target for City. The two complement each other.
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14/04/2010 10:06:00

After reading through the comments, I find it quite funny how those of you who are City fans are saying we are in big trouble. I remember reading a comment on another United story last year from a City fan saying pretty much the same thing. His exact words were "I predict a modest 11th place finish." He also thought City were going to win the league. Well, we are one point off the top spot and you're 5th. Obviously alot better than last year so well done for that. Even so, I really don't think we have that much to worry about. Remember when we signed Ronaldo? How many people wrote him off. Look at him now. One World Player of the year award and an £80 record signing to Real Madrid later and you're doing it again!! I just wish you'd all stop commenting on our stories an actually realise that just because you have money, doesn't mean you are the best. And just because we sign young players... doesn't mean we are going to lose.
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20/04/2010 13:11:00


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