The Chalkboard: Dissecting Hernandez’s problems at West Ham

Javier Hernandez and West Ham United should have been a match made in heaven, but the Mexican has struggled since arriving at the London Stadium.

It seems unlikely that Hernandez will be with West Ham beyond next summer, but both the player and the club must share the blame for his problems in the capital.

The Chalkboard

Statistics rarely paint a false picture when it comes to football, and the fact that Hernandez has only managed one goal in eight Premier League appearances this season is not exactly terrific.

The striker has been handed just two starts, however, with his one goal arriving in 308 minutes of Premier League action. It is true that he is only just recovering from illness, although it is debatable how many times he would have made the starting XI even if he had been available between September 16 and October 5.

Overall, Hernandez’s record at West Ham is 10 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions. It is not the best ratio in the world, but neither the Hammers nor the player himself will have been pleased with his time at the club.

It could and indeed should have gone better. The 5ft 9in ace has proved throughout his career that he is a goalscorer, managing 59 in 158 games for Manchester United, and 39 in 76 matches for Bayer Leverkusen.

Hernandez also netted nine times in 33 games for Real Madrid, and is Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer with 50 strikes in 106 caps.

Why has it not happened?

Having scored eight Premier League goals last term, Hernandez will feel that he should have been given a shot to nail down the centre-forward role for the club this term.

As it transpired, new head coach Manuel Pellegrini had other plans. Indeed, Marko Arnautovic has become the starting striker, leaving Hernandez to come off the bench.

The Mexican has not played the full 90 minutes for West Ham in any Premier League match this season, and the club must ask themselves whether they have really given him enough of a chance.

On the flip side, Hernandez could have done so much more. He is a better player than he has shown since arriving in London, but it does appear that his time with the club will soon come to an end.

Hernandez should have been a fans’ favourite scoring 15-20 goals a season, but it has simply not happened, and both parties must accept their share of the blame.