By Jamie Redknapp
Javier Hernandez has scored 18 goals since arriving at Old Trafford in the summer. He cost just £6million.
In an era of £50m strikers, Hernandez is real value for money, a top bit of business by Sir Alex Ferguson. That’s why I hailed him as one of the best buys of the century while covering United’s Champions League quarter-final win over Chelsea for Sky Sports.
He scores goals and bosses will pay top whack for players who do that. Sir Alex didn’t have to.
Easy Peasy: Javier Hernandez scores against Chelsea
Hernandez isn’t a kid, either. Yes, he’s 22, but he’s a tried and tested striker with international pedigree. He played at the World Cup where he featured in every game for Mexico and scored twice – against France and Argentina. Signing him was not much of a gamble.
He looks like the sort of player who will go on to be a success for many seasons at Old Trafford because he has a love of the game.
People talk about secondseason syndrome, but his movement has convinced me of his quality. He reminds me of Robbie Fowler but quicker. He plays on the edge, hanging on the shoulder of the last defender. He makes it difficult for opponents and assistant referees – as we saw twice against Chelsea.
I also think Tim Cahill and Gareth Bale have been brilliant buys since 2000. So they’re both in my top three.
JAMIE’S TOP THREE
£6m Guadalajara to Man Utd, 2010
£1.7m Millwall to Everton, 2004
I love players coming from the lower leagues and making a success of themselves. Just look at Everton when he doesn’t play – he is sorely missed.
£5m (and rising) Southampton to Spurs, 2007
His potential is boundless. He’s a
modern-day athlete, who just gets
better and better. I’ve seen it
first-hand working in the Champions
League this season: everyone in
Europe is talking about him.