Chicharito Close To Premier League Comeback – SkySportsNews
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JAVIER HERNANDEZ – MEXICO – BAYER LEVERKUSEN – STRIKER
Javier Hernandez, also known as Chicharito (Spanish for ‘Little Pea’), is on his way back to the Premier League with one of the summers most ruthless transfer dealers so far; West Ham. Having completed deals for Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic, an out-and-out striker is what the club have missed for a few years, and Hernandez could be the answer.
At 29 years old, Hernandez enjoyed a successful opening season in England with Manchester United, where he scored 37 league goals. The Mexican forward had an efficient partnership with Wayne Rooney, often playing on the shoulder of defenders and acting as a poacher and getting into dangerous positions. Despite not being the tallest, he’s a great header of the ball, and has the movement, pace and intelligence to cause opposition defenders plenty of problems.
Challenge For Chicharito
At Man Utd he was blessed with world class players around him, and whilst West Ham certainly possess the talent to supply Hernandez with plenty of chances over the season, there will definitely be more responsibility on his shoulders in the role he’ll be playing. He won’t be playing as the ‘finisher’ to great moves, in fact he’ll be having to get involved in creating as well and carrying the players up the pitch when his teammates backs are against the wall. Is he capable of doing this? With Andy Carroll up front with him, there’s no reason why he won’t have the support around him, but if they play a 4-3-3, Hernandez may find himself very isolated.
Hernandez started his career in Guadalajara at Chivas in Mexico, scoring 26 goals in 64 games before his move to Ferguson’s side in 2010. Hernandez proved over multiple seasons that he was a prolific goalscorer, finishing as one of the top 3 scorers in his division in his first years in professional football.
What Went Wrong At United?
Whilst Ferguson always made space for him in the squad, Louis Van Gaal and David Moyes didn’t seem to rate him as highly. Welbeck often took the final spot up front and Hernandez was reduced to substitute appearances, though that didn’t stop him scoring often when he did. His biggest downfall is perhaps his style. This isn’t a criticism of the player or his strengths, but simply of the way football has evolved. Forwards are expected to contribute to build up play more often than ever, and are expected to act as ‘complete forwards’ rather than your old fashioned ‘poacher’ or ‘number 9’. Strikers like Morata and Lukaku are more in demand, though Hernandez had a good return rate when playing in the Premier League, and has only improved at Bayer Leverkusen.
How Would He Fit In?
Chances of Transfer – 10/10
Good Signing? – 6/10