The Verdict: Can West Ham afford to lose Hernandez?

Javier Hernandez has confirmed that he is attempting to leave West Ham United this summer, per a YouTube video titled Naked Humans.

The striker scored a total of eight goals across the 2018/19 season but made just 14 starts in the Premier League under Manuel Pellegrini.

Football FanCast reported before the transfer window that the Hammers deemed the former Real Madrid and Manchester United ace expendable in this transfer window, with an overhaul of the striking department likely.

He has now confirmed as much, saying in the video: “He’s (Hernandez’s agent) searching for a club, if we can move. If not I will stay with West Ham easy, happy. I have one year left, but West Ham and I have decided it would just be easier to go out.”

His quotes come after both Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez were moved on by the Irons, leaving the club with two senior strikers: Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic.

If he is to depart, Pellegrini will have just the Austria international at his disposal as a genuine out-and-out forward, although Michail Antonio can fill in there as backup as well.

Can the Hammers afford to lose him, then, given the paucity of options within their squad?

Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts below!

Matt Dawson

“I think West Ham would be safe losing Hernandez. At the end of the day, the Mexican only found the back of the net on eight occasions last term and after losing Perez and Carroll, the Hammers could do with rebuilding their stroke force entirely. Chicharito is a natural born poacher but if he goes into the next season still an Irons player but out of favour again, it will have been completely pointless keeping him. The fact is that he only made 14 starts last term in the league. That’s all the evidence you need that they wouldn’t actually miss him that much. West Ham should definitely sell.”

Ben Goodwin

“West Ham absolutely cannot afford to lose Hernandez this summer, due mainly to the situation with Arnautovic. After a lengthy January transfer saga that saw him gain interest from the Chinese Super League but eventually sign an extended deal, a release clause was included in his contract that could well be activated this summer.

“But whether or not the Austrian is still at the club come the start of the new campaign doesn’t really matter, as he was a shell of his former self in the second half of last season – failing to score in February, March and April. The tacit suggestion being that Arnautovic’s head was turned by interest from the Far East.

“So, with the star man seemingly either wanting out or just declining badly and two strikers already departing this summer, holding onto the only other proven goalscorer in the squad should vital for Pellegrini.”

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James Beavis

“I think West Ham can completely afford to lose Hernandez this summer as the two simply aren’t a good fit for each other.

“The Mexico international has been with the east London outfit for two years now, and despite his impressive record of goals for club and country throughout his career, he has never been able to hold down a regular spot in the starting XI – 11 of his 25 Premier League outings in 2018/19 came from the bench.

“His situation hasn’t really been any different under Manuel Pellegrini, who seems to prefer to have someone like Arnautovic given the Austrian more than often got the nod in the starting XI when he was fit, making 24 Premier League starts in total last term.

“With rumours suggesting that Maxi Gomez is a top target, Hernandez would likely be a third-choice option should the Uruguayan end up arriving at the London Stadium.

“All in all, they probably wouldn’t even notice he had gone.”

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