It’s been almost 8 years since David Sullivan and David Gold took over at West Ham and in that time they have signed an eye watering 32 strikers. It’s difficult to find any success stories among them either. Diafra Sakho managed 26 in 50 games which is decent but he is only one of two players to reach double figures in a single season in the Sullivan/Gold era, the other being Kevin Nolan who wasn’t a striker.
Many were brought in on loan but ultimately failed to make any serious impact, Andy Carroll earned himself a permanent deal and his record of roughly a goal every four games isn’t bad but his inability to remain fit has to consign him to the failure pile. Now though things might be about to change.
In signing Javier Hernandez, West Ham may have pulled off the deal of the summer transfer window. Manchester United fans were sad to see Chicharito leave back in 2014/15, he was always good for a goal, notching up an impressive 37 goals in 103 appearances, many of which came from the bench. His subsequent loan move to Real Madrid yielded 7 goals in 23 games, again not bad especially when, once again, his game time was limited.
His move to Bayer Leverkusen offered him the opportunity to show what he could do with regular playing time and he gratefully took his chance banging in 28 goals in 54 games, a rate slightly better than a goal every other game, a rate he maintains at international level.
Chicharito is a proven goalscorer who is popular with fans and has everything it takes to be a huge success at the London Stadium and if Robert Snodgrass and West Ham’s other new signing, Marko Arnautovic, can find him he could well be the signing of the summer.
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