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West Ham United: Manuel Pellegrini has found his role for Javier Hernandez

West Ham United: Manuel Pellegrini has found his role for Javier Hernandez

A striker issue had engulfed West Ham United until the solution was found at the weekend.

During their thrilling comeback win over Huddersfield Town, the Hammers not only found back an inspired fighting spirit but options to solve their goal-scoring issues.

It was substitute Javier Hernandez who turned back the clock to score a Fergie time winner to give his side a famous win. Indeed, at West Ham, it’s Manuel time he’s operating at. Pellegrini might have a variety of attacking options, but is still getting used to the rotational bit with his squad.

However, with an inspired showing from the Mexican, he’s found his hitman. Even to this day, Chicharito works best as a substitute. West Ham looked a different side after he came on, as his lethal skills in the final third encourage his team-mates to fling balls into the box. Even to this day, the Mexican’s foxy nature means that defenders find it difficult to keep a track of him.

That being said, Chicharito’s been quite underwhelming, when starting from the get-go. He ends up getting bullied by physically adept defenders and loses his concentration. Strangely, this isn’t the case when he comes from the bench. He arrives when defenders are already physically and mentally fatigued and end up losing concentration in the final minutes.

He’s able to pounce on their mistakes and get into promising positions, giving the Hammers a dynamic change in approach. Pellegrini has clearly realised how Chicharito works best coming on from the bench and will now bring him on later to deal finishing blows to the opponents.

Hammers fans, do you want Chicharito to operate more from the bench? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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