Chicharito up front on his own doesn’t work for West Ham

The experiment of playing Javier Hernandez on his own up front has failed for West Ham United.

The Mexico international is clearly an excellent fox in the box and his record at clubs such as Manchester United and Real Madrid proves as much.

In 159 games for United, Hernandez scored 59 goals and won two Premier League titles along the way, while he netted nine goals in 33 outings for Real.

At West Ham, though, he has just 13 strikes in 54 games.

Nevertheless, Manuel Pellegrini has repeatedly attempted to shoehorn the Mexico international into a system that does not fit him.

Hernandez is a diminutive striker but he is repeatedly used as a lone striker, as he was against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

The Hammers fought for a a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park as Mark Noble scored from the penalty spot but Hernandez was a withdrawn presence.

Per WhoScored, the striker touched the ball just 26 timesĀ and had just two shots at goal. Of those, only one was on target.

Hernandez also failed to win a single aerial battle and attempted just 13 total passes.

It is not all his fault. He is clearly not built to play on his own in a team that relies on physical presences in attack, and on peppering the box with crosses.

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The Hammers are picking up points in spite of Pellegrini’s tactics – Hernandez played up top on his own against Liverpool too – and he would be well advised to change it up.

Marko Arnautovic is returning to fitness and must be trusted to carry the can – he is a stronger player than Hernandez and is also a better finisher.

Pellegrini must admit that the 30-year-old’s time is up, and drop him to the bench.