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How Chicharito will propel West Ham up the table

Saturday 29th July 2017
On 24 July, West Ham confirmed Javier Hernandez's arrival. Bayer Leverkusen sold Chicharito for a meager £16 million. The Hammers may have found a bargain.

When Dimitri Payet left the London Stadium in January, his absence disrupted the team. Slaven Bilic lost a gem. Now, he hopes West Ham will sparkle again, having signed Javier Hernandez from German side Bayer Leverkusen. The 29-year old is well known for his heroic acts with the Mexico national team and as an impact substitute for Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. The Hammers boss expects Chicharito to do the same in claret and blue.

West Ham had a poor 2106-17 campaign, finishing 11th. Inconsistency in the goalscoring department contributed to the disappointment. The Hammers 47 goals appropriately ranked identically to their place in the table. Acquiring the Manchester United and El Tri legend should not only halt the decline but lead Bilic's troops further up the table.

His Record Speaks Volumes



At every club, Hernandez has been excellent in front of goal. The 29-year-old has more than 185 goals for club and country. Chicharito is epitomises the goal poacher. Most of his goals with United were from close range. He owns one of the most prolific minutes-per-goal numbers in Premier League history. In Germany, Chicharito found the net 39 times in 76 games for die Werkself across all competitions. His rate has always been impressive. Even while on loan to Real Madrid, Hernandez bagged seven goals in seven starts. Without a doubt, he is a natural goalscorer.

Immediate Impact



As with Payet before him, from day one, he should be West Ham's best player.

Chicharito is the 33rd striker signed by West Ham since David Gold and David Sullivan acquired ownership in 2010. Only 12 have scored more than three goals for the club.

Most controversial among those recruitments was Andy Carroll's from Liverpool in 2013 for £15 million. Brought in at Sam Allardyce's behest, Carroll has netted just 30 goals in 114 appearances for the Hammers. That's just two goals per million. Gold, Sullivan, and Bilic would love for a striker to erase that embarrassing statistic from supporter's minds.

Long after Big Sam's exit, West Ham has built its attack around the target man. Fans have tired of the predictable yet endless supply of long balls into the box. Chicharito's arrival gives Slaven Bilić freedom to play a more expansive brand of football.

The Mexican is a striker adept at playing behind a defender's back. His slight physique is offset by pace, agility, and excellent technique. If he partners with Carroll, he'll be well-positioned for deflected crosses. He'll also provide new playmaker Manuel Lanzini an open target. West Ham fans and supporters can now rest assured their club has a true finisher to save the day.
Adebayo Temitope

Temitope, an ardent soccer fan. I may be based in Lagos but I watch as much European football as I can. I've been writing about football for several years, before I joined IRIAW you may have seen my work on The Football Weeks. I'm also a keen music fan


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