The majority of West Ham United fans have been frustrated with where summer signing Javier Hernandez has been positioned on the pitch.
The former Manchester United attacker was the big name in the Hammers’ transfer activity, and he has managed two goals in five Premier League appearances.
However, rather than be used as the focal point of attack, Hernandez is regularly played wide by manager Slaven Bilic.
Plenty of fans feel that he is not getting the best out of the Mexico international by playing him out of position.
It seems, though, that the coach is standing by his decisions, telling reporters ahead of Saturday’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur that Hernandez has to sacrifice himself for the team.
ClaretandHugh quotes Bilic as saying:
“I spoke with him and also when you watch him play he is still close to goal. He is a great player and I explained it to him that sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself for the team.”
In the last two league matches, Andy Carroll, who has been riddled with injury problems over the last few seasons, has been leading the line.
Bilic’s latest remarks about Hernandez’s position has not gone down well with the fans.
A masterstroke by the manager … he loves to buy good players then play them in a position that doesn't suit their strengths !… genius 😂
— costahammer (@costahammer) September 22, 2017
No wonder they look like amateurs, it's just absolutely ridiculous.
— Creekmouth ⚒ (@creekmouth) September 22, 2017
Sounds like Bilic is sacrificing the team. Hernandez brought in to sort our goal scoring problem. Ain't gonna do that from out wide
— John Fellowes (@westhamfan46) September 21, 2017
Cannot believe this! Why can't Bilic just play players in their natural position rather than messing them about?! He ain't got a clue!
— Ray Stokes (@Ray63Stokes) September 21, 2017
Wrong wrong, wrong, for Gods sake play him with Carrol up front, and build the team around them
— Robert Peat (@RobertPeat3) September 21, 2017
So , in theory Bilic spent all our money on left sided players( because of this comment) this is the first time l have said this ..sack him
— flame thrower (@throwflamesatya) September 21, 2017
Pretty sure he would not of joined if he knew this was the case. Best goal scorer we have had in years. I feel sorry for him
— rob smith (@rjsmith1978) September 21, 2017
Perhaps Bilic should sacrifice himself for the team! He's showing less tactical awareness week by week!
— RD6 (@RWSD666) September 21, 2017
Can't see him being happy with that week in week out. Carroll needs to drop to the bench.
— 🇳🇿NZ Hammers🇳🇿⚒ (@NZHammers) September 22, 2017