West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez produced another dismal display in his side’s 3-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on Wednesday night, and what was a huge transfer coup for the club in 2017 has completely backfired on them.
Well, the Irons had struggled to find a striker who could score regularly for them for many years, but it seemed as though they finally had the man to do that when they brought Hernandez to east London from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2017.
The Mexico international arrived with an impressive record for the Bundesliga club, Manchester United and his country, but he has completely failed to replicate that form with the Hammers.
Instead, the 30-year-old has largely found himself on the substitutes’ bench with Marko Arnautovic preferred in the lone centre-forward role, and he has netted just nine times in 41 appearances in all competitions for them.
The London Stadium faithful were understandably loving the move for Chicharito in 2017 given the quality he has shown he has in the past, but the deal has turned out to be a complete disaster for all parties involved.
The striker appears to have never really settled with the club and has lacked that effort and motivation on the pitch – something that won’t go down well given he is reportedly earning £140,000-a-week – while he doesn’t appear to be suited to playing up top on his own.
Unless Hernandez can make more of an impact in the next couple of months, it would be no surprise if Manuel Pellegrini looked to cash in on the Mexican in January and replace him with a player who can make a difference for West Ham.