When West Ham moved from Upton Park to the London Stadium, supporters were promised that the team would be competing in or at least challenging for European football. The West Ham board, however, are yet to deliver and looking at some of the club’s recent signings, it is to no surprise. Though Javier Hernandez is one of a couple exceptions.
To the disappointment of West Ham fans, the east London club have failed to pick up from their successful 2015/16 campaign where the team finished 7th and qualified for the Europa League. Since then, Slaven Bilic has been sacked while David Moyes has come and gone.
Manuel Pellegrini is now the man in the London Stadium dugout and, since he has been at the helm, the West Ham hierarchy have targeted some big players including Javier Pastore, Felipe Anderson, Jean-Michael Seri and Jack Wilshere.
West Ham’s squad could certainly do with players of the quality above but, in Hernandez, Pellegrini already has a very efficient weapon in his arsenal.
Hernandez’s move from Bayer Leverkusen to West Ham has not exactly worked out; the 30-year-old has struggled to adapt to the style of football both Bilic and Moyes had the Hammers playing.
£13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Hernandez, though, is one of the best finishers in the Premier League and in a more attacking system where plenty of chances are going to be created – something Pellegrini has promised – the Mexico international could easily hit 15 league goals and fire West Ham into Europe.
Marko Arnautovic spent most of last season as West Ham’s first-choice No.9 but, under Pellegrini, Hernandez will fancy his chances leading the line in a system that is expected to be more offensive and less long-ball oriented.
Ultimately, on top of new quality additions, Pellegrini must look to keep Hernandez at the London Stadium.