Javier Hernandez has signed a three-year deal with Sevilla but will West Ham regret this sale considering the club has just two senior strikers left?
Since Chicharito joined West Ham in July 2017, the Mexican international failed to establish himself within the starting line-up on a regular basis.
He’s best known for his super-sub impact off the bench but considering his lofty ambitions and high earnings – £140,000-per-week as per The Evening Standard – West Ham cannot afford to have someone of his cost sitting on the sidelines.
And despite providing a return of 17 goals in 63 appearances, West Ham have cut their losses to ensure they receive a fee rather than losing him on a free next summer.
From the club’s perspective, it makes sense. If a high earner that doesn’t play, you would sell, right?
But then the real problem. West Ham now find themselves with two out-and-out striker options to choose from – Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti.
Given the torrid injury list West Ham are usually susceptible to, it’s certainly a risk on the club’s part to get rid of a poacher that has already scored once this season.
Even though Sebastien Haller has got up and running straight away with three league goals, the fear for many is that the worst happens and he too is unavailable to play.
Ajeti has only been seen against Newport County and whilst he looked lively, he must now step up and become an important squad player immediately after Chicharito’s departure.
Michail Antonio is the first name on the injury list this season, a player that could have been utilised in a centre-forward role that would have meant Hernandez wasn’t to be missed, or at least as much.
But as it stands right now, West Ham are hoping their blushes are spared by Haller continuing to find the back of the net, whilst also staying in tip-top condition.
The departure of Javier Hernandez isn’t shocking fans exactly, because he’s had his eyes on a move away before.
But his natural ability to find the back of the net has resulted in some very important goals and his prowess may quickly be missed if injuries hit and the goals dry up.