Javier Hernandez marked only his seventh start of the 2018/19 season with a brace in an emphatic victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Mexican international rose to prominence with his country during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and capped his breakthrough year with a transfer to English giants Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson gradually introduced him into the first team during his debut campaign, although he had stern competition in the shape of club legend Wayne Rooney and Bulgarian international Dimitar Berbatov.
Chicharito became a reputable super sub and scored 50 goals during his opening three seasons at Old Trafford. In that time, Hernandez won two Premier League titles and the FA Community Shield, but the ship was beginning to sink…
He fell into a state of decline when Ferguson confirmed his retirement in 2013. David Moyes was chosen as his successor but he was unable to inspire Hernandez to his frightening best.
Louis Van Gaal, who replaced Moyes after just one season, was less patient in his observation of the Mexican and offloaded him to Real Madrid on a season-long loan. It became evident that Hernandez was surplus to requirements under the Dutchman and he decided to swap England for Germany in an attempt to relaunch his career.
His decision to relocate paid dividends and he instantaneously became a favourite amongst supporters at Bayer Leverkusen. He was flourishing in a starting role and scored 39 goals in 76 appearances for the German outfit, but he believed he had unfinished business in England and announced his return to the Premier League by joining West Ham United in 2017.
Sceptical Start for the Hammers
West Ham supporters expected Hernandez to translate his prolific form into the Premier League. He enjoyed a dream start by scoring a brace in the opening stages of the season, albeit in a 3-2 defeat against Southampton.
David Moyes was once again unable to accommodate Hernandez into his plans when he replaced Slavan Bilic.
Arnautovic revived his form following an uncertain start to his debut season at the London Stadium and Hernandez found himself on the bench for the majority of the campaign.
Rumours circulated in the media regarding his uncertain future at West Ham but Manuel Pellegrini was willing to offer him another opportunity.
Austrian international Marco Arnautovic has remained the preferred option under Pellegrini and Hernandez had only accumulated six starts prior to Saturday’s win over Newcastle, but there is seemingly a light at the end of the tunnel…
Pellegrini caused shock amongst supporters by starting with a 4-4-2 formation on Saturday and partnering the usually solo Arnautovic with Hernandez. The all-time Mexican top goal scorer seized his opportunity to inspire West Ham to victory with his first brace since September 2017.
West Ham face a favourable set of fixtures on paper over the festive period and Hernandez should be able to consolidate his promising revival in form in the subsequent weeks.
They host Cardiff City, Crystal Palace and Watford during December, along with visits to relegation strugglers Fulham, Southampton and Burnley.
I’m expecting him to play a key role during the festive period and I’m so confident that he’ll continue his scoring form that I’ve transferred him into my Fantasy Premier League team.
So, to all those FPL managers, I’d recommend giving Chicharito a punt for a cost of just £6.2 million as he could be set to brighten up your Christmas!
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