West Ham must hold on to Javier Hernandez

According to ESPN, Besiktas are keen on securing the services of West Ham striker Javier Hernandez in the January transfer window.

What’s the story?

The Turkish club are apparently desperate to land a new striker in the winter window and have identified the Hammers’ forward as a potential target.

Javier Hernandez first arrived at the London Stadium in the summer of 2017 when the east London outfit paid £16 million to sign him from Bayer Leverkusen, as reported by the BBC.

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The 105-cap Mexico international has failed to truly shine for West Ham since his arrival though, scoring just eight times in 33 appearances in his first campaign with the Irons. However, the Premier League club should not give up his services in January, as the former Manchester United man could still play a vital role for them this season.

The best alternative

Whilst Hernandez’s record for West Ham isn’t amazing, he has not been a regular starter for most of his time at the club. From the bench, though, the 30-year-old offers Manuel Pellegrini a great back-up option to Marko Arnautovic.

Should injury or poor form befall the Hammers’ Austrian hitman then they lack reliable, quality striking depth beyond the 5ft 9in Hernandez. The Mexican is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League and can be trusted to come good when called upon. 

Given Andy Carroll’s ongoing injury troubles and Lucas Perez’s inability to force his way into the team, West Ham simply cannot afford to lose what Hernandez currently offers to their squad.

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