Premier League outfit West Ham United have made a shrewd piece of business by luring Bayer Leverkusen hitman Javier Hernandez to the London Stadium for a fee which is reported to be £16 million. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid man has just the personal terms to agree and undergo a medical to complete the move to the East Londoners and without any shadow of doubt, it has all the ingredients to be a very smashing piece of business by the Slaven Bilic.
The Hammers were sluggish last time around in the English top tier, having secured an eleventh place finish, which pushed Bilic under immense criticism. Signing Chicharito, as he is affectionately known as amongst the football fans, is a huge statement of intent from West Ham United who would be looking forward to better their credentials in the upcoming season.
Considering that the Mexican international banged in 59 goals in 158 appearances for the Red Devils during his previous spell in the Premier League, the player is expected to hit the ground running and offer West Ham something they have missed for quite a few years – a good outlet up front.
Javier Hernandez – An accomplished striker
From the onset, it has to be stated that the 29-year-old is a prolific goal-getter who scores goals left right and centre. He has exemplary positional sense inside the box and anticipates how to find space. Hernandez has the requisite pace, makes driving runs into the box, always intends to test the opposition’s goalkeeper and is a clever poacher which makes him an appealing commodity for any top quality side.
Besides, his movements on and off the ball have been perennially admired by the football fraternity and he still has the ability to ply his trade week in and week out as he is pretty much at the peak of his career.
A player with pedigree and with truckloads of experience both at the club level as well as the national level, he has grown over the years and will no doubt have become a better player than his last spell at Manchester which started on a bright not but ended in a bit of a sombre tune. He is familiar with the animosity which the Premier League offers, so there would not be much of risks of acclimatising with it once again.
In German Bundesliga last term with Leverkusen, Hernandez found the back of the net on 11 occasions and also registered 3 assists in 26 appearances and is arguably in the peak phase of his career. One of the most intriguing aspects about him is that he has scored aplenty in every side he has played for and thus, Bilic would be expecting a lot of goals from little pea.
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