Date: 21st May 2011 at 5:45pm
Written by:

Andy Cole

"I told you it's Andrew!!!"

Javier Hernandez’s start to his United career has been so phenemomenal even the ABU media are forced to acknowledge his greatness.

Goals, enthusiasm and an extra dimension to United’s play have meant that the Mexican with the infectious smile and beguiling attitude has already become a firm fan’s favourite.

It wouldn’t surprise me if in the next few years the number of babies christened ‘Javier’ doesn’t massively increase such is the level of adulation has inspired. I’m a firm believer in Chicharito and here at redflagflyinghigh we championed him as our player of the season- a poll run seems to indicate the vast majority of our visitors agree.

Can I dare to be a critical for one second, in fact it’s not even technically critical more an observation as to how a player who’s taken the club by storm may raise himself to an even higher level next season.

Chicharito’s goal scoring is obviously excellent, he’s the sort of finisher that leaves defenders and goalkeepers completely dumfounded. It’s not just his finishing but the timing of his runs is also near faultless. I’ve yet to see a striker who seems able to time his runs so perfectly and even the times he’s caught offside are often open to debate.

The one facet of his game- or several facets if you will that could be improved is his all round play, his ability to hold up the ball and bring others isn’t at the same standard as his striking prowess. Now before you all either click off the article or start writing  an abusive comment, allow me to reiterate, I’m not having a dig at the lad, merely pointing out how he could elevate himself even further.

I’ve no doubt Sir Alex Ferguson will have picked up on the areas needed to develop in Chicharito’s game and be looking forward to unleashing an even better forward on the footballing world next season.

The reason I feel it may be neccesary to try and work on Chicharito’s all round play is more or less due to the role he seems destined to fill. A near lone striker role with Rooney often so deep he’s practically a midfielder. Chicharito is great at getting behind the defenders and latching on to through balls with his perfectly timed runs, or even whipped in crosses with his superb movement which always seems to create space.

If the Mexican could also hold the ball up a little better and be able bring in the other attacking players a tad easier than he does at the moment, then we could well  be in utter dreamland next season.

One man Chicharito could learn a thing or two from is Andy -or should that be Andrew- . Why Cole? I hear you cry.

Cole’s a United legend of that there’s little doubt but he’s not the automatic name that spirngs to mind when you think of Chicharito comparisons- that seems to be almost exclusively Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

The reason I think Cole could become the perfect player for Chicharito to emulate is because he’s one of the few out and out goal poachers who developed -some woud argue drastically changed- his game for the benefit of the team, without sacrificing his goals.

Let’s not forget Cole arrived at Old Trafford with the near ridiculous record of 55 goals in 70 games for Newcastle. I remember vividly getting home from school and thinking the Manchester Evening News must’ve made some sort of mistake when I saw the front page.

How on earth had Fergie pulled this off? Signing the most talked about, prolific striker in the country from  one of our main rivals for a reasonable fee and a fringe player, yet to truly prove himself? It was an astounding coup of Cantona-esque proportions.