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What does the future hold for Javier Hernandez and Jermain Defoe?

What does the future hold for Javier Hernandez and Jermain Defoe?

West Ham supporters have been pretty frustrated in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second consecutive Premier League defeat at the weekend.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men went into their encounter with London rivals Tottenham off the back of losing 1-0 to Brighton in their preceding league game just prior to the international break, and were thus seeking a response when Mauricio Pochettino’s side visited the London Stadium. Yet an Erik Lamela header just before half time was enough to secure a narrow 1-0 success for the North London outfit, thus leaving West Ham 15th in the Premier League table.

Thus, there have been many disappointed Hammers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by the reports circulating recently that their club are interested in re-signing striker Jermain Defoe.

But with a similar forward in the mould of Javier Hernandez already at the club, the Slaven Bilic signing deemed a masterstroke by many back in the summer of 2017 is certainly at risk of falling out of the picture at West Ham – rather worryingly, that’s whether Defoe arrives or not.

Ultimately, the Mexico international made the move to East London little over 12 months ago to much excitement and anticipation, and the striker went on to net eight times in 28 Premier League matches to help the club eventually see off relegation by finishing in 13th place in the table.

But it was a season that saw the 30-year-old struggle with niggling injuries and thus for regular football come the turn of the year, thus prompting speculation during the close season that he may leave the London Stadium in a bid for the game time he desires.

He didn’t, but things haven’t exactly gone to plan for Hernandez under new boss Pellegrini this time round with just one Premier League start to show for the first few months of the season, and no goals in his other four substitute appearances underlines a striker that simply isn’t producing the goods when called upon.

And with Marko Arnautovic leading the line brilliantly for the club, pretty much ever since David Moyes took over in the autumn of last year, 30-year-old Hernandez has become a bit-part player at the London Stadium – and things are only likely to get worse were Defoe to make the move there.

Yes, it’s a move which is unlikely to go down too well among Hammers fans given the circumstances in which Defoe left the club back in 2004, but he still possesses the predatory instincts needed to grab crucial goals in the Premier League – his arrival would add another name to the list that Hernandez has to overthrow to earn regular football.

As such, were the Hammers to indeed seal a deal for the Bournemouth forward, it would see Bilic signing Hernandez, a signing met with widespread excitement, fall even further out of the West Ham picture.

West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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