Goodbye Chicha But Not Good Riddance

Spanish La Liga side Sevilla are set to confirm the signing of Javier Hernandez from West Ham United either this evening or first thing tomorrow, the player quietly flew in to Jerez airport on friday in a private executive jet ahead of his medical, which he duly completed. Hernandez's departure was kick started by the player handing in a written request to leave the club he joined for £15 Million two and a half years ago.

Hernandez played a total of 55 games scoring 16 times for the Hammers, which is a decent return, however the players crippling £140,000 per week wages meant the goals to cost ratio was poor. Sevilla will be getting Chicharito on the cheap, around €8 Million when all is said and done, but the opportunity to offload a player who has only ten months left on their contract, and removing their salary from the wages bill was too good for the Hammers hierarchy to resist, saving the club £6.5 Million in wages alone!

Manuel Pellegrini was not deeply enamoured with the prospect of losing Hernandez, especially bearing in mind Michail Antonio's recent serious injury, however the manager also wanted to avoid the sort of toxic environment created in the dressing room when one of the club's 'stars' are unhappy, as was the case with Marko Arnautovic and Dimitri Payet before him. To be fair though, Hernandez has gone about his business, through his agents, in a straight forward and correct way, which is why the player deserves to leave on a good footing.

Henandez's departure will be less 'scowling' than that of Arnautovic, the additional funds generated can only be used to acquire players who are available on a free transfer and will therefore probably be kept in the kitty ahead of the January window when there are few bargains to be had, but having the ability to steam in will be beneficial should the club need to bring in reinforcements.

One bonus factor created by the Mexican International's departure will be the freeing up of one squad space, which unless the club are stupid will be filled by one of the academy's up and coming youngsters, this will help the home grown balance factor. With Grady Diangana scoring for fun while on loan at Slaven Billic's West Brom, the club have a good few months to asses whether to exercise their right to bring the exciting young forward back to the London Stadium during the January transfer window.

Hammers fans will wish Javier Hernandez well for the future, things never really worked out for him but at least he didn't openly disrespect the team or his manager. Goodbye Javier, but definitely not good riddance! We wish you well - Ed

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Dicks is the man's picture

can't compare him to arnautovic, there's nothing wrong with him wanting to leave. he wasn't given a starting place so fair enough,. I thought he did his best anytime he did play, good luck to him,.

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Fair enough dicksy ,good assessment

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professional footballer good luck to him hope he plays regularly

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