Once upon a time, Javier Hernandez was widely regarded as one of the deadliest finishers on the planet. During his five-year stint at Manchester United, the Mexico man developed a reputation for his poaching ability in the penalty area. If Sir Alex Ferguson needed a goal, he would bring Hernandez on and more often than not, he would hit the back of the net.
In recent times, ‘Chicharito’ has gone off the radar a little bit. He has never lost that unique knack of scoring goals but he just doesn’t receive as much time in the limelight. Playing in Germany’s top flight has its drawbacks, especially as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund continue to dominate on a yearly basis.
According to reports, Hernandez has a buyout clause of just £13 million. Yes, that’s right – THIRTEEN million pounds. In today’s market, that is an absolute steal and every Premier League club should be considering a move for the 29-year-old at that price. Even United boss Jose Mourinho has hinted at a possible Old Trafford return for Hernandez.
West Ham have been strongly linked with a summer move for the Mexican and fans would certainly welcome Hernandez’s arrival if Slaven Bilic can seal the deal. The Hammers failed to inspire confidence in attacking areas last season following Dimitri Payet’s departure and Hernandez would relish the chance to play a key role in West Ham’s attack.
At the time of writing, Chicharito is well placed to join the Hammers this summer. Don’t get too excited yet though West Ham fans, the club have yet to make a formal offer to Bayer Leverkusen or the player. Convincing Hernandez to join a Premier League side shouldn’t be too challenging but the Hammers board cannot afford to be too stingy with their contract offer.
When you’re buying somebody of Hernandez’s quality for £13 million, you’re already getting a very reasonable deal. With that in mind, the Hammers should go all in and give the Mexico man whatever he wants. A lucrative contract could swing the deal in West Ham’s favour and Bilic will be keen to acquire the former Manchester United striker before the new season.
He is now 29 years old but Hernandez is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, he has been prolific since joining Leverkusen back in 2015 – notching 39 goals in 76 appearances in all competitions. Capable of starting or coming on as an impact substitute, Hernandez could offer Bilic a viable alternative to lead the Hammers depending on the opposition.
First up for the Hammers is a trip to Old Trafford and Bilic will be hoping that Hernandez is a West Ham player by that point. How ironic would it be if Chicharito returned to Old Trafford and led the Hammers to a shock opening weekend triumph? Time and time again, he pops up with important goals – West Ham could do a lot worse than pay big for Hernandez.
Over to you Mr Bilic, the choice is yours: fork out £40 million for a risky, unproven youngster with bags of potential or £13 million for a proven, international grade striker. On paper, the choice is simple and so it should be. Javier Hernandez is almost too good to turn down and West Ham will be missing a trick if they fail to move for the Mexican before the transfer window slams shut.