Pellegrini wants to keep hold of Hernandez, West Ham United fans react

The majority of the West Ham United fanbase were excited when former Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez agreed to join the club from Bayer Leverkusen last year.

The Mexico international arrived with plenty of promise, but he struggled to make a significant impact up front.

Hernandez, rated at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, managed just eight goals in 28 Premier League outings, but for the majority of them he was farmed out wide.

In addition, he only started 16 of those matches, while the remaining appearances were as a substitute off the bench.

This season, new manager Manuel Pellegrini will have a variety of attacking options to choose from following the arrivals of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko.

It is unclear what role Hernandez will play with regards to positioning, but by all accounts, the attacker, who has scored 45 Premier League goals in his career, is wanted by Pellegrini.

While speaking to the media during his first official press conference as manager, the Chilean claimed that Hernandez will be a “very important” player in his team.

Due to his lack of first-team starts last season, there were rumblings that the ex-United star would move on, but some West Ham fans feel relieved after hearing Pellegrini’s comments.