Pellegrini Plans For Chicha Replacement

West Ham United have confirmed, as per our previous article, that Javier Hernandez has joined Sevilla for an undisclosed fee believed to be around €10 Million with maybe a couple more in add ons.

Chicha's departure at such a late stage may have left Hammers one injury away from a big problem upfront, but Manuel Pellegrini's decision to let the Mexican striker leave was based on dressing room harmony, and was the correct one. The club had only just recovered from losing 'talisman' Dimitri Payet, when it had to deal with the 'Sulkauvic' situation caused by the Austrian strikers brother, and we all know how that ended!

A while back, there were some calling for the club to sign free agent Mario Balotelli, talented maybe, but trouble yes. Fortunately that potential disaster cannot happen as the Italian has signed for Brescia, having just got rid of one trouble maker and averted a potential similar issue with another player the last thing Manuel Pellegrini needs is another disuptive presence in the dressing room. By the way, the term 'free transfer' is slightly ambiguous due to some of the enormous 'signing on' fees demanded by the agents of the free agents!

In times of famine people tend to look in the store room to find sources of nourishment that were possibly put away for the future, so to continue the analogy, Hammers need to bring the development of some of the youth players even further forward than had originally been planned. There are a several candidates for promotion to the first team squad, namely Nathan Holland, Xande Silva, Mesaque Dju and Grady Diangana who is currently on loan at West Bromwich Albion.

Unfortunately Holland has only just returned from a series of injuries and Silva is convalescing from an operation to sort out a serious abdominal problem, Mesaque Dju is a relatively unknown phenomena who is a very raw recruit but with bags of potential. Hammers are short up top, this cannot be denied, however the manager also has the guille and firepower of Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals to call upon as well, both have the ability to step up to the plate should they need to play further up the pitch.

The international break has come at a good time, Pelle will have time to work with the youngsters, of course the major dread for the Irons is Manu Lanzini and others returning from international duties with injury, as was the case at the beginning of last season.

The official club website had this parting message for Chicharito, it is somewhat differing in tone to that offered to Marko Arnautovic on his departure! - Ed

“The Mexican’s transfer ends a two-year stay in east London, during which he scored 17 goals in 63 games in Claret and Blue.
“The 31-year-old signed-off his time with the Hammers by scoring on his final appearance in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Brighton & Hove Albion on 17 August.
“The Club would like to thank Chicharito for his contribution and wish him all the best in his future career.”



hammergirl's picture

Never given a chance and he is scoring for QPHaaaa so if we do get an injury to one of our strikers would it be such a bad idea? although i do not no the terms of his loan and whether or not he can be recalled but why splash out more wages on a striker if we can recall him.

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nevillenixon's picture

From the details of his initial loan transfer the club have right to recall, this is possibly because west ham are still paying a percentage of his wages.

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