Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has proven to be a real hit at Leverkusen. - © imago / Horstmüller
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has proven to be a real hit at Leverkusen. - © imago / Horstmüller
Bundesliga

Chicharito drawing the crowds to Leverkusen

Cologne - Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has been a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player for a little under three months. Yet, given the impact he has made in that time, it would be easy to think the Mexican star has long been part of the furniture.

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He opened his account for Die Werkself in the Bundesliga on Matchday 6, having already scored decisive goals for his new club in the UEFA Champions League, and he added to that at the weekend to inspire his side to victory over VfB Stuttgart.

Chicharito has burst onto the scene in the Bundesliga, showing an unflinching keenness to shoot. The Mexican has had a shot every 23 minutes on average compared to every 47 minutes for fellow striker Stefan Kießling. Since he opened his account against 1. FSV Mainz 05, Leverkusen have not lost in the Bundesliga, thanks also to the 27-year-old's assist for Karim Bellarabi to score against FC Augsburg.

Hernandez is not only red hot when it comes to spicing up the Leverkusen attack with goals and assists, however, as he showed against the Swabians with a performance to establish his place in club folklore. He hit 32.5 km/h with his top sprint, setting up that man Bellarabi again for Leverkusen's first before tying the game at 3-3.

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