West Ham United forward, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has been kittenish with his responses regarding his future with the club. When asked about the situation, the 29-year-old replied, “Of course I am a West Ham player still, but we’ll see. Right now what can I tell you? I’m glad there’s a new manager? I’m sad there’s a new manager? It’s not the moment to speak about this. My mind is 100 percent on the World Cup.”
Hernandez will be representing Mexico in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Manuel Pellegrini has a decision on his hands before the 2018 World Cup starts. The latter has recently been appointed as the Hammers manager on a £10m-a-year contract.
The contract to Pellegrini was a massive statement from the club in terms of their future ambitions. The Chilean is a big name in the managerial game, having spent 3 seasons with Manchester City registering one Premier League title and 2 Carabao Cup trophies. The contract alone is evidence enough about West Ham United’s ambitions on the upcoming season and they might just part with players who do not share their ideologies.
Hernandez had fallen into the rotation under David Moyes last season which allowed him to make just 16 starts out of the 31 league games he played in. The 29-year-old could not replicate his previous scoring form from his Bayer Leverkusen days, despite costing United an astonishing £16m last summer.
When West Ham has been short staffed in the striker department, Hernandez has failed to chip in with the much-needed goals, ending the season with just 8. Long gone are the glory days when Alex Ferguson relied upon him to be impactful off the bench and while playing off the brilliant Wayne Rooney.
It was his pace and stunning poacher like instincts that made him such a hit at Old Trafford but the Mexican evidently has failed to perform under other managers. His athletic abilities have not escaped him just yet as you might notice in the coming month.
Hernandez will be looking to make a statement by taking the centre stage in Russia. He could either end up on Pellegrini’s good books or be cut off immediately of any future involvement.
The Chilean boss is known to not tolerate any sort of behavioural mishaps with his players and might not be kind enough to give him the pass. Nevertheless, it could end up making West Ham miserable in next season.
Jordan Hugill’s move is yet to pay off for the Hammers and Marko Arnautovic could be better utilised from the wide positions. Andy Carroll has also been inconsistent of late and cannot be relied upon on a regular basis. So it might not be the best decision for Pellegrini to let go of his Mexican ace just yet.