Javier Hernandez has been in tremendous form ever since his move from Manchester United, and has won Bundesliga’s Player of the Month award for the third time in a row.
— Bundesliga (@Bundesliga_EN) February 1, 2016
The Mexican striker, who was surplus to the needs of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal at the start of the current season, was sold off to Bayer Leverkusen. However Hernandez seems to have picked up his game ever since his move to the Bundesliga, netting 21 times in 24 matches.
In fact he has helped Leverkusen get to the fourth spot on the Bundesliga table, scoring 44.8 per cent of the team’s goals in the league. His performances in the past month has been equally exemplary, as Hernandez has scored seven times in his last five matches.
This performance has earned him a third successive Bundesliga Player of the Month award ahead of more traditional stars like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski, and Claudio Pizarro.
However, the Mexican star does not seem to be bitter about his exit from the Old Trafford. He played down speculations about a rift with Van Gaal.
“It was nothing personal, but every manager has his own plan. When people criticise Van Gaal, that’s their opinion,” Hernandez was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror last month. “When I hear people think I could have stayed there to play longer, I’m glad. I had four great years in Manchester, I was champion twice.”
Hernandez behind, yet ahead of Dortmund and Bayern stars
Javier Hernandez, who is also known as Chicharito, is not the highest scorer in the Bundesliga by any means. That title still rests with Borussia Dortmund’s Aubameyang, who has 20 goals to his name. In fact, Chicharito is fourth on the top socrers’ standings, with Robert Lewandowski (19) and Thomas Mueller (14) of Bayern Munich. However, his performances in the recent months seems to have warmed the hearts of Bundesliga critics and fellow players.