The United top scorer told his club’s official television channel,
“I love Chicharito’s enthusiasm. I love how he plays and trains and does his work off the pitch after training. A couple of weeks ago he wasn’t playing as much, but he was in the gym every day doing extra work, and that sets a big example for everyone.”
The Dutchman doesn’t strike me as lazy but I think it often spurs players on to have healthy competition for their preferred position. Van Persie was the first name on the team sheet at Arsenal but now he has both Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez ready, able and willing to oust him from Sir Alex Ferguson’s favour any lapse in concentration occur.
Along with Danny Welbeck, the 29-year-old has Hernandez who has younger legs, more energy and less knocks on his side as competition.
“Danny, too. He’s not playing in his favourite position at the moment but we need him and he’s working hard,” continued van Persie who has now scored 14 goals in all competitions for his team.
Van Persie certainly has the edge over Hernandez on technique, quality, and craft but the Mexican isn’t that far behind him. Chicharito is much better in the air than his elder and has a much more positive attitude, in my estimation. I can’t imagine van Persie being so eager to help his team were he featuring predominantly from the bench.
My feeling on the matter is that van Persie already possesses all the attributes of a world-class striker, but the mere fact that Hernandez is on the bench gives him that extra impetus to raise his game to the highest possible level and then sustain it there.
That, in and of itself, is how Robin van Persie can learn from Chicharito – he can learn what it means to give one hundred per cent game in game out. Competition is proven in all fields to be a great generator of motivation amongst employees. Sir Alex Ferguson has enough firepower to ensure that everybody’s on their A-game at all times.
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