It’s been a decent start to the season for West Ham’s Chicarito, and the fans have been delighted…
However, one thing that has been frustrating the fans is that the Mexican has featured in a variety of positions. Despite being a natural number 9, he has been forced to play on the wing on more than one occasion this term, and his efficiency has reduced as a result.
This is something that needs to change this weekend when the Hammers take on Swansea City.
Hernandez proved his worth as a number 9 last season in Germany, picking up a solid 11 league goals for Bayer Leverkusen, which is what drew the attention of West Ham and ultimately led to his Premier League return. Even before then, with Man Utd, his lethality in front of goal was evident, having been a regular scorer for the Red Devils.
He’s played for his entire career as a forward, to tremendous success, and so to play him elsewhere not only does him a disservice, but it does West Ham one too. They won’t be getting the best out of their £16.2 million-rated forward as a result.
The main reason for his change in position is Andy Carroll. The Englishman has returned to fitness, and given his lack of pace and mobility, he is not able to play on the flanks. However, just because Hernandez has the attributes for playing out wide, doesn’t mean that he should. To the contrary, playing him out of position is only going to reduce his confidence and make it harder to adjust when Andy Carroll – inevitably – loses fitness once again.
Bilic has made a number of mistakes during his tenure as boss, and if he doesn’t recognise this one soon, it could seriously cost him. Hernandez must start up front against Swansea.
West Ham fans – thoughts?
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