By Gursimran Hans
The most highly anticipated transfer saga in recent Hammers history is finally over. The man they call “Little Pea”, Javier Hernandez has completed a move for a £16 million fee. He has signed a three-year deal.
Hernandez, 29, the son of Mexican midfielder Javier Hernandez Gutierrez, nicknamed Chicharo (pea) due to his green eyes began his career at Chivas Guadalajara. He would score 29 times in 80 matches for the side, culminating in an impressive showing at the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
After the tournament, Hernandez, then 22, signed for Manchester United. He would be the club’s player of the season in 2011, he would win two Premier League winners’ medals and score 59 times in 157 for The Red Devils.
He also spent time on loan at Real Madrid, used as a super-sub, Hernandez would scored nine times for Los Blancos.
His record is far better when you look at the minutes played, he is 5th best in the goals-to-minutes ratio table in Premier League history ahead of Shearer, Ronaldo, Costa, Suarez and other major names.
A lack of first team opportunities under Louis Van Gaal led Hernandez to sign for German giants Bayer Leverkusen. He would score 39 times in 76 games for the club and was immensely popular with the club’s fans.
He is also Mexico’s all time top scorer with 48 goals in 96 matches. He will be West Ham’s third Mexican after Guille Franco and Pablo Barrera.
This is a real coup for the club. Hernandez is a proven goalscorer, capable of poaching but also an excellent ball player. He is at the peak of his career, and may just be the club’s biggest signing of all time. The likes of Hart, Carroll etc came to the club when their stock was low and needed to rebuild their careers. Payet was an unknown and Lanzini, Tevez, Mascherano were all promising youngsters. In Hernandez, the club has capt
In Hernandez, the club has captured a huge player with a massive reputation at his peak. The club’s friendly against Werder Bremen will even be shown on TV in Mexico, such is the admiration for him in his homeland, also just look at the reactions on some of the club’s Facebook posts. This is a marquee signing, one we could’ve done with last summer. Time will tell if this too little, too late, or whether the club can finally unlock its’ potential.