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Javier Hernandez to West Ham is a match made in heaven

Thursday 20th July 2017
If West Ham complete sthe signing of Javier Hernandez, they will have finally found a solution to their goal-scoring woes. 

ESPN is reporting that a deal for the Mexican is very close, with Hammers representatives apparently having met with Hernandez to discuss personal terms. 'Chicharito' has a release clause of just £13 million and would surely represent one of the shrewdest pieces of business Slaven Bilic has completed during his time in charge.

More than simply a bargain, though, Hernandez should - and probably will - be the striker West Ham have been yearning after for more than a decade. The Hammers have not had a striker who has scored more than ten league goals since Bobby Zamora, way back in 2006/07. That they have not suffered more because of this impotency in front of goal is staggering, only being outside England's top flight for one season during that time.

Bilic's side struggled last season, failing to replicate the form they demonstrated during the Croat's maiden year at the club. Yet, after a shaky start, they finally found their feet, finishing 11th. Hammers' fans will expect more this time around, though, as the club yearns to break free of the mediocrity that threatens to negate ambition and development.

To do this, the Hammers needed a potentially prolific forward, capable of winning games with crucial goals at vital moments. This is why West Ham moving for Hernandez makes so much sense.

Hernandez fast became a fan favourite at Manchester United, scoring a hatful of goals in his first and second seasons and is surely one of Sir Alex Ferguson's shrewdest buys: at £7 million, the Red Devils received a more than satisfactory return on their investment. Hernandez's performances stalled under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, but Jose Mourinho understands his value, lamenting that he would not have let the clinical poacher go had he been in charge earlier.
A relatively successful spell at Real Madrid - playing the role of the impact sub, where he scored seven goals in 23 appearances, with most of those coming off the bench - earned him a move to Bayern Leverkusen. He thrived under the responsibility of being the German side's main striker and has scored 28 goals in 54 appearances.

In Hernandez, West Ham would have a striker who is deadly in the penalty area and also has the ability to score without being involved heavily in the game. For West Ham, where chances came at a premium last season, having a striker who can tuck goals away instantly would be a huge benefit to the side.
Hernandez's movement might also unlock the latent creativity of the Hammers' side and could pair well with Andy Carroll, establishing a traditional 'big and small' relationship - one can imagine a long-ball being flicked on by the commanding Carroll and Hernandez latching onto it and slotting one past a helpless keeper. The Mexican is prone to making runs through the defence and is surprisingly light on his feet, with an agility that beguiles defenders.

At £13 million, the Hammers would be folly not to bring such an effective striker to the London Stadium.

 
Michael Jones

Football & political writer with a predictable love of everything retro. English Literature undergraduate at the University of Exeter, looking to pursue a career in sports journalism. For a collection of my work, visit. http://mikejonesmedia.wordpress.com

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