CONCACAF Player of the Week: Javier Hernandez

CONCACAF Player of the Week
Javier Hernandez
AGE 25
PLAYS FOR Manchester United

Hull City 2-3 Manchester United
Norwich City 0-1 Manchester United

Chicharito is a bit fortunate to win this week's CONCACAF Player of the Week award. He was credited with an assist on Danny Welbeck's winner Saturday against Norwich City, when a clearance bounced off Welbeck and went directly to the El Tri forward, who lopped a first touch forward straight into Welbeck's path. He got the assist in a week when many leagues around the world are on break.

But to say it's lucky is to ignore what happened just before, when the Mexican kept the move going with an inventive flick. It's also to disregard his contributions throughout the rest of the match, which he started and made the most of by leading the attacking line throughout the first half. Should he have found his name on the scoresheet at Carrow Road? Perhaps, but he was still a major component in securing United's sixth straight victory across all competitions.

Robin van Persie is back in training, which sets Chicharito back on the depth chart. Could a winter move be in the cards? His play in December didn't dazzle, but it has done nothing to deter teams from pursuing him, and he may want to be extra sharp with the World Cup in Brazil approaching quickly.

Congratulations to Javier Hernandez, Goal's third CONCACAF Player of the Week winner!

  The Shortlist

Maynor Figueroa - Hull City

The versatile Honduran struggled in Hull's Boxing Day defeat to Hernandez and Manchester United, but he more than made up for it Saturday. He moved from the wing to left back and was involved in several of the Tigers' goals in a 6-0 drilling of Fulham.

Brad Guzan - Aston Villa

It's not the American goalkeeper's fault his team can't find any attacking power. Guzan kept the opposition to one goal in each of the Villans' matches this week, with a particularly strong showing midweek against Crystal Palace before Dwight Gayle's late winner.

Emilio Izaguirre - Celtic

Celtic scored in both matches this week and needed to hold on for 1-0 victories against St. Johnstone and Iverness. The Honduran fullback went the full 90 in both and put in one of the best performances of any Hoops player on Saturday.

Bryan Oviedo - Everton

The Costa Rican continues to show he's Premier League quality. After capitalizing upon the opportunity when normal left back Leighton Baines went out with a toe injury in November, Roberto Martinez is finding space for him in the starting XI. Oviedo pushed up to the left midfield slot and went 60 minutes in Saturday's 2-1 win against Southampton.