Javier Hernandez endured a frustrating debut season at West Ham last season, as neither Slaven Bilic or David Moyes appeared to trust the Mexican international.
The former Manchester United man must have watched on as Manuel Pellegrini assembled an eye-watering array of attacking options this summer, to provide him with the chances he needs to bang in the goals.
However, last season’s top scorer Marko Arnautovic has given some comments to Sky Sports which may worry Chicharito.
The Austrian said: “I remember the first few games (at West Ham), I know myself as a player and… it was very bad. When I moved [to striker], seeing my statistics now I want to play as a striker, score goals and help the team as a striker.
“When I was 17, 18 in the Dutch league they sometimes played me as a striker but I was always a winger. I like this position, you feel free, always towards the goals and provide assists, it’s a good position.
“The gaffer has changed a lot here, he wants us to play from the back, no long balls and chasing balls, we have to defend our balls but we have to defend our goal properly first then we go forward. I hope I will score more than eleven (his tally from last season).”
Arnautovic’s desire to remain up front may mean that he is the first-choice hitman, forcing Hernandez to be content with a spot on the bench.
Of course, if Pellegrini uses the two-man striking axis he preferred at Manchester City, there is huge scope for the pair to become an effective partnership.
However, the array of attacking midfielders at the London Stadium could see Pellegrini go for a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 formation, to cram more technical players in, leaving Chicharito as little more than a Plan B, once more.
There is no doubt that the Mexican is capable of firing in goals in the Premier League, but as a lone striker, Arnautovic is a more logical choice due to his greater power, ability to hold the ball up and lead counter attacks.
That’s why the Austrian’s comments could be bad news for Hernandez, potentially robbing him of the fresh start he’d have been hoping for under Pellegrini.