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Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez – The Return to England

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: Javier Hernandez poses as he is unveiled as a West Ham United player on July 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez – The Return to England

Will West Ham’s latest capture be able to emulate the form of his previous Premier League stint?

*Hernandez returns to the Premier League
*A fee of £16 million finalized
*Chicharito becomes highest ever paid club player on £140,000
*3-year contract agreed

 

The Hammers have made Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez their fourth signing of the summer, following in the footsteps of Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart, while Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic also made the switch. This has brought the East London side’s spending up to £31 million.

“For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world and when the opportunity came, I was desperate to sign for this club.

“It was not a difficult decision. West Ham is an historic club, and very ambitious – this summer you can see with the players signed that they are looking to have a very good season.

“I’ve had three fantastic years playing in Spain and Germany, but England was really the first big chapter in my career and I am so happy to be back.

Remember the name?

The 5-foot-9 striker lit up the English Premier League between 2010-2015 for Manchester United. Often only used as a substitute, and for many, hugely unappreciated for that reason, but Hernandez still managed to find the net on 37 occasions and in as little as 54 outings. In his time at Old Trafford, Hernandez was playing week in week out with top names such as Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, and Ryan Giggs – he’s certainly no stranger to stepping up on the big stage. Manchester United fans will not need reminding of the instinctive back-headed goal versus Stoke in his first season with the Reds in 2010. This was a moment which showcased the predator inside Hernandez, a goal out of nothing as he latched onto an aerial flick with the back of his head and with neither eye on the ball.

How did Hernandez perform at Bayer Leverkusen?

The Mexican moved to the Bundesliga after a loan spell with La Liga giants Real Madrid. Two years as Bayer Leverkusen’s main man up front proved to be a success, making 45 appearances and returning 28 goals proved that Chicharito still has a natural goal scoring instinct. The 29-year-old guided Leverkusen to one of their strongest league campaigns in recent years, securing a Champions league spot behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund throughout the 2015/16 season.

Will the front man be a hit in his new home at the London Stadium?

West Ham struggled in durations throughout their 2016/17 campaign. They were short on goals and their creativity in midfield seemed to be off key – something which could be put down to them moving into their new stadium. Well now the East Londoners have had more time to settle, this season could be a momentous one. In terms of providing service for Hernandez, Slaven Bilic’s outfit possesses a number of talented players. Manuel Lanzini‘s central role will hope to create through the middle of the field and new signing Marko Arnautovic will look to continue his good form at Stoke, exposing defenses with his directing, powerful runs down the left wing. The Mexican’s role at the club (as a lone striker) is expected to be similar to the one he’s grown accustomed whilst at previous clubs, another argument for Hernandez succeeding.

My prediction: Hernandez is a proven striker in the Premier League. This season will come naturally to him, and as long as he gets good service from his midfielders, he is almost certain to make a big impact. I’m expecting to see between 15-18 goals on his return to England.

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I have been writing for The Stoppage Time since June 2017. Most regularly I focus on The Premier League and speculative discussions. My favourite piece of content consists of previewing The Premier League weekend fixtures and drawing a prediction of results from them.

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