Tottenham have been growing frustrated in their attempts to sign a replacement for Vincent Janssen, who has been a major disappointment since he came to the club last summer. Among the latest to be linked with Spurs is former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, who has been in excellent form since making a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, according to Bild. Last season, he came up with the statistics of 13 goals and 4 assists in 36 league games.
Hernandez may not rejoice at the opportunity to join a club where he may once again play second fiddle, but the prospect of being in the Champions League on a regular basis at 29 years of age may be hard to turn down. Even though he was part of the European competition last season, Leverkusen finished in the second half of the Bundesliga table and will not be having any form of European football this season. At this age, it becomes extremely important for the player to have as much time at the top level of the game as possible.
Apart from being an experienced campaigner, the Mexican also knows to score goals on a regular basis – even if he is only playing as a super sub. At Manchester United, he had an extremely impressive goals to game ratio, but he was allowed to leave the club largely because he was not a glamorous solution amidst the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie et al.
Hernandez only has 12 months left on his contract and Leverkusen will be keen on recovering much of the £12 million paid for the striker in 2015. After having had a disastrous season in which the club finished 12th in the table, the club will be going through plenty of restructuring in order to get back to the upper levels of the Bundesliga.
Last season, Hernandez spoke in glowing terms about Tottenham and the ability of manager Mauricio Pochettino to achieve a lot of success at the club. If he is made aware of the Spurs transfer interest, there is likely to be movement on this front.