West Ham have purchased striker Javier Hernandez from German side Bayern Leverkusen. The Hammers have bought the Mexican for a fee believed to be £16 million including add-ons. An initial £13 million triggered Hernandez’s release clause and looking at his record in the Bundesliga, it seems to be a decent deal.
Javier Hernandez (or Chicharito as he is also known) has had previous Premier League experience with Manchester United. He has took part in 6 separate seasons for United, but his most recent two seasons saw him play just 69 minutes of Premier League football.
He had a loan spell with European giants Real Madrid where he scored 7 league goals in 23 appearances. Then he spent two consecutive seasons with Bayern Leverkusen on a permanent deal, where he scored 28 in 54 matches.
Javier Hernandez said:
“I am very happy to join West Ham United, for me, the Premier League is the best league in the world and when the opportunity came, I was desperate to sign for this club. It was not a difficult decision. West Ham is an historic club, and very ambitious – this summer you can see with the players signed that they are looking to have a very good season.”
Fantasy Football Potential
Hernandez is the fifth most owned attacker at a 16.8% ownership. A lot of FPL managers were surprised at his low price of 7.0m which has been more than enough to tempt them into selecting the Mexican. He is also fifth in the list of the best minutes per goal scoring record in the Premier League, with 37 goals in 102 appearances, a goal every 130.2 minutes.
In my opinion, Chicharito could well be the bargain striker every FPL manager is looking for. His price tag makes him cheaper than the likes of Benteke, Defoe and Firmino, meaning he can free up budget to spend elsewhere in the squad.
West Ham’s opening fixtures are as follows; Manchester United (A), Southampton (A), Newcastle (A), Huddersfield (H) and West Brom (A). Four away games for West Ham in their first five may put you off, but last season they drew with United away and beat Southampton. Then they face off with two recently promoted sides which could lead for a good points return for Hernandez.
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Written by Harry Clark (@HarryClark67)