Slaven Bilic Must Move For Javier Hernandez This Summer

West Ham United failed to inspire confidence for the most part of last season, eventually finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table just one year after qualifying for the Europa League. The Dimitri Payet saga was an unwelcome distraction prior to his move back to Marseille and Slaven Bilic’s men never really recovered in what was a very disappointing campaign.

But that was then and this is now. To compete in England’s top flight, you have to spend money – it is as simple as that. One player who has attracted plenty of interest in the media this month is Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez. The former Manchester United man is looking to move back to the Premier League and reports claim that the Mexico star has a buyout clause of just £13 million.

Over his five-year tenure at Old Trafford, ‘Chicharito’ earned a reputation as one of the best poachers in the business. He scored a number of important goals for United, helping the Red Devils win two Premier League titles during his time at the club. Hernandez scored 33 goals in 77 league games – a decent return made even better when you remember that the Mexican came on as a substitute in 44 of those fixtures.

Javier Hernandez

To be honest, Hernandez has achieved all that he can achieve in Germany. Stranger things have happened in previous years but Leverkusen, currently priced at 66/1 to win the title in Bundesliga betting markets, will need a minor miracle to win the German crown. While both RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund have pushed Bayern Munich close in recent times, the Bavarians are a class above their rivals.

He kind of lost his way after Sir Alex Ferguson left United, failing to inspire confidence at Old Trafford or during a very short stay with Real Madrid, but he has regained his mojo at Bayer Leverkusen. With 28 goals in 54 league games, he has an excellent scoring record and is an absolute steal at £13 million in today’s market. You won’t find many proven Premier League strikers available for that kind of price. Championship outfit Wolves, mind you, paid £16m last week for Portuguese starlet Ruben Neves, who is unproven at Premier League level.

Is he still capable of performing at such a high level week in, week out in England? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure: he is definitely worth the risk. West Ham could be the perfect landing spot for Chicharito, especially as the Mexican could offer a different dimension in attack. At the very least, Bilic could use Hernandez just as Ferguson did – as a super sub. If you need a goal, he is your man.

As of today, it looks like Hernandez has two genuine options. He can stay at Leverkusen or join West Ham and the latter could be the smarter choice. The Hammers can meet his wage demands and a return to the Premier League would certainly appeal as he looks to play gainst the best players in the business. So Mr Bilic, it is time to argue his case to the board.

Javier Hernandez is an absolute must sign at that price.

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