In Focus: Chicharito should fight for his place at West Ham

Sky Sports reports that Javier Hernadez’s agent has disclosed that the Mexican forward is willing to depart West Ham United having only been at the club for six months.

The 29-year-old has failed to fulfil the expectations bestowed on him with the Hammers, and there are persistent rumours linking him with a move away from West Ham.

What’s the story?

Manchester United’s former striker – who is valued at £16.2m by transfermarkt.com – is willing to leave West Ham having failed to emulate the dizzying heights that he achieved during his last spell in the Premier League. Since completing a £16m switch from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer transfer window, the Mexican forward has only scored five goals in 21 games for the Irons.

In fact, he has failed to score in cup competitions for David Moyes’ side this season, and in the eyes of many supporters, he has failed to justify the relatively sizeable fee they paid for a player who is approaching the age of 30.

David Moyes has publicly stressed his desire to keep every player that he has at his disposal beyond the window. Thus, it will be interesting to see how this story progresses.

Should he go?

The players’ agent has highlighted the need for regular first-team football – in a World Cup year – as Hernandez’ justification for willing to leave West Ham this window. While those claims are understandable, as his country’s all-time leading goal scorer it is difficult to envisage Mexico opting to exclude the striker from their squad.

Additionally, given the injuries that Andy Carrol and Marko Arnautovic have sustained, it is conceivable that the Mexican will be rewarded with greater first-team involvement over the course of forthcoming weeks.

If he seizes his opportunity, then he could reinvigorate his career in East London. Accordingly, he should stay and fight for his place in Moyes’ team.