Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was expected to lit up the Premier League in his second stint in the competition when he was brought in by West Ham United. But things didn’t turn out as expected as the Mexican star struggled to get the goals for West Ham. He was a regular at the beginning of the season but of late he has to be content with a spot on the bench as David Moyes has preferred Marko Arnautovic to lead the line for the Hammers.
West Ham made some decent acquisitions in the summer but things didn’t pan out as they wanted and they soon found themselves in a relegation battle. Slaven Bilic was sacked in November and the experienced David Moyes took over. Many were sceptical about Moyes as he has seen his stocks go down after his stint with Manchester United but he has done well to secure West Ham’s future in the Premier League.
Chicharito has managed to score 8 goals this season in all competitions and one expected better from the former Manchester United man. With him not being assured of regular starts, it has been reported that he could be on his way out as he is being linked with MLS team D.C United. Such a move to an MLS club can be a bit too early for the Mexican as one thinks that he certainly can offer more in other top divisions of the world. However, if a move like that goes through we look at 3 replacement which West Ham can go after-
The Saints have been fighting for survival this year and if they drop down to the Championship, many of their key players could jump the ship to continue playing in the Premier League. Austin has done well when he has been injury free for the Saints. In his absence, Shane Long and Gabbiadini have struggled in front of goal. West Ham can provide a way out for Austin as he is certainly good enough to play in the Premier League.
Now we all know the problem with Daniel Sturridge but West Ham can take a punt on him in the summer. West ham already has the likes of Arnautovic and Andy Carroll, and Manuel Lanzini has also got the ability to play up front. So they do have decent depth in the forwards’ department and if they can manage his game time and keep him fit, West Ham can have a potent striker at their disposal.
Iheanacho moved to Leicester City to get some regular playing time but he has struggled to get that as the likes of Vardy and Okazaki have been preferred over him. Iheanacho is still young and has good goal scoring instincts and he can be a good addition to the Hammers squad.