8 Feb 2016

Yes Please: Liverpool want 'incredible' £20m goal-machine with better stats than Sturridge/Aguero. No-brainer?

In July 2015, Liverpool were linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez, and new reports over the weekend suggest that the Mexican striker is back on LFC's transfer wish-list.

According to Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato:

"Arsenal and Liverpool both want to sign Javier Hernandez, and the two clubs will go head-to-head for his signature at the end of the season".

This is a realistic, enticing link, and in my view, £20m-rated Hernandez should be a priority target, for the following reasons:

* Rarely injured, which is (or should be) a priority selection criterion for new players.

* Proven in the Premier League, La Liga, and the Bundesliga, so settling-in shouldn't be a problem; and after playing for Man United and Real Madrid, small club mentality shouldn't be an issue.

* Copious Champions League experience, and proven on the international stage (51 goals/assists in 78 games/one every 100 mins).

* Given his comparatively minimal average minutes per game (AMPG), Chicharito's minutes per goals/assist ratio is admirable:

- Man Utd: 59 goals/20 assists (79) in 159 apps (One every 105 mins (AMPG = 52 mins)

- Real Madrid: 9 goals/9 assists (18) in 33 apps = One every 75 mins (AMPG = 41 mins)

- Leverkusen (This Season): 21 goals/2 assists in 25 apps = One every 84 mins (AMPG = 77 mins)

- Total Mins: 11649. Aggregating the minutes into 90 minute matches, Hernandez has (in real terms) - played only 129 full games (Combined) for Man Utd, Real, and Leverkusen).

- Career Total: 118 goals/42 assists (160) in 290 apps = One every 96 mins (AMPG = 53 mins)

This is a fantastic record, and it's a mystery to me why Hernandez is so criminally underrated. As a comparison:

* Sturridge (Career Total): Goal/assist every 106 mins (AMPG = 58 mins).

* Aguero (Career total): Goal/assist every 96 mins (AMPG = 74 mins)

As you can see, Hernandez has the same goals/assists ratio as Aguero (and is superior to Sturridge) yet he's achieved this with significantly decreased AMPG.

Hernandez basically guarantees a certain level of goals and assists, and the fact he's maintained his prolific output in three separate leagues (and at international level) is a good indicator of probable success at Anfield.

Real Madrid legend Emilio Butragueno is a fan of Hernandez, and in a recent interview, he raved:

"[Hernandez] is an incredible player, and a fighter. Javier trains well and is a great professional, but the competition for places is very tough. He is a great forward, when he has played he has responded".

Hernandez already has 21 goals for Leverkusen this season, which shows that he will deliver the goods if you start him regularly. As such, this deal is (arguably) a no-brainer.

My two top attacking targets for this summer: Yarmolenko and Hernandez, both of whom are eminently attainable.

Author: Jaimie K


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