Earlier this summer Mexican striker Javier Hernández, commonly known as Chicharito, made his return to the Premier League after being signed by West Ham United in a £16m deal from Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen.
The forward is familiar with the Premier League after spending five years with Manchester United. He was signed from Mexican club Guadalajara in a £7.5m deal by then manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2010 and enjoyed a very successful career with the Red Devils, scoring 59 goals in 156 appearances for the Old Trafford club.
He began to fall out of the first team picture under the abysmal reign of David Moyes, and was also not part of the plans of Dutch boss Louis Van Gaal, who was announced as the successor to Moyes upon the Scottish manager’s sacking.
Given he had fallen down the pecking order, the Mexican was shipped out to Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal ahead of the 2014-15 season.
Smashing it in Germany
The following season saw Hernández sold to German giants Bayer Leverkusen in a £7.3m deal.
Many United fans were sad to see him leave after the memorable goals he scored, and saw him as a good squad player despite him being inconsistent in terms of his goal scoring record, starting many games from the bench.
Upon his move to the Bundesliga, he proved his ability once more, with the Mexican scoring a respectable 39 goals in 76 appearances throughout his career with the German club, and was a regular starter for them.
Class signing for Bilic
Still only 29 years old, Hernández can be classed a player with plenty of ability and an eye for goal, and will undoubtedly be an excellent signing for the Hammers, having continued his reputation as a more than capable striker in multiple leagues across Europe including La Liga and the Bundesliga. He’s also been an asset to tipsters such as www.online-betting.org.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilić looked to improve his squad this summer after a poor 2016-17 season, in which they ended the season with an 11th place finish, and so bolstering his team’s attacking options remained a priority in the summer transfer window, and he has certainly done so with the signing of Hernández.
The Londoners had already bolstered their squad this summer with players including Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic, and along with the signing of Hernández, the Hammers have signed players with proven Premier League experience.
The London based club will look to finish in the top half of the table this season having struggled to adjust to their new home, recently becoming the full-time tenants of the Olympic Stadium after many years at Upton Park.
Written by Cristian Fry
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