West Ham looked like a top-class side yesterday. Manuel Pellegrini had The Hammers firing in their 3-0 win at St James Park and a lot of that was down to the clinical touch of their Mexican sensation, Javier Hernandez. However, Chicharito’s future has been up in the air over the last few weeks and after such a promising performance yesterday, the Irons are desperate to keep him.
This man today! pic.twitter.com/nJOS2T5U2s
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) 1 December 2018
Hernandez scored early on away at Newcastle when Robert Snodgrass found him with an inch-perfect cross that he just had to guide past the on-rushing Martin Dubravka. Then, after plenty of missed opportunities for the hosts, Hernandez popped up again to grab his second of the game in the second half, capitalising on a well-worked break for The Hammers to drive low into Dubravka’s near-post.
Pellegrini opting to deploy Hernandez alongside Marko Arnautovic was a genius move for the clash and it paid dividends in the end, as two sides that were so close in the table were made to look a class apart when they took to the field. Before the game, the Magpies were ahead of West Ham on goal difference, but the convincing away win, all inspired by Javier Hernandez, has given the Irons a huge boost as they prepare for the festive run of fixtures.
You can read the West Ham fans’ delighted verdict on Hernandez here:
We have to keep him in January
— Ryan (@ryanmoule96) December 1, 2018
We need to keep him
— hosks (@hosks76) December 1, 2018
Chicha is back! Great game.
— Roberto Gonzalez (@rjg615) December 1, 2018
No more lone striker role for Chicha please, the guy is a threat with some support!
— Tommo (@NJThompson94) December 1, 2018
That’s what happens when you play a natural striker and goal scorer and actaully provide him with chances. Great player,
— forbes (@ChampagneForbes) 1 December 2018
Best player in the league. Easily
— (@brxdyyyy) 1 December 2018
See what he can do when he plays up top with someone else. Great link up play and finishing when he’s got someone alongside him, now stop giving him abuse when he’s playing as a lone striker because it doesn’t suit him
— #WelcomeMatt (@mattflack90) 1 December 2018
The Hammers will be keen to see Chicharito stick around for a while and continue thriving alongside Arnautovic for the club.