Should Manuel Pellegrini get the best out of him, Javier Hernandez could be one of the best strikers in England.
The Mexican, known also as “Chicharito”, managed to bag eight goals in 28 appearances last season for the Hammers. And whilst West Ham fans still rate the front-man highly, his goal return still needs improving.
For a man with a grand total of 119 goals in 151 career appearances, Chicharito has proven to be clinical wherever he has played his football.
Showing great hold-up play and vision during his time in London, Hernandez clearly still has his old attributes. Having experience at clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid, it’s clear the forward has plenty of quality.
However, Pellegrini has to focus on getting Hernandez’s finishing ability back to what it once was.
At Manchester United in particular, Hernandez has previous in English football. Scoring 59 goals in 85 appearances, he had a quality and ominous nature to his play. He understands how the game is played in Britain – needing no bedding in period when he arrived.
However, the Mexican international needs the proper kind of service. Searching balls in behind or pin-point crosses are exactly what he thrives on.
Pellegrini is instilling an attacking style of play to his squad, and looking to get his side on the ball and being creative. This should suit the ruthless Hernandez to perfection.
Andrey Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson will hopefully be able to sort out the lack of service.
Fans may or may not remember Slaven Bilic appealing for the same thing from his stars last season. The former West Ham and Croatia manager didn’t believe his side were giving Hernandez the quality of service required.
This is where Pellegrini’s new signings have to make their mark. If they can provide Hernandez with a modicum of the service he got in Manchester, West Ham have a ridiculously incredible talent.
With optimism growing around the club ahead of the new campaign, a fully-fit and firing Hernandez would give West Ham exactly what they need up top.