Javier Hernandez’s West Ham United career hit a new low during Wednesday night’s League Cup defeat to Spurs.
Hernandez was hailed the striker West Ham had been crying out for when he signed for what seemed a bargain £16 million from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2017.
He reportedly became the club’s highest earner of all time on an eye-watering weekly wage of £140,000 (Sky Sports).
But the Mexican has flopped spectacularly in East London with just nine goals in 40 games so far.
Hernandez would argue Slaven Bilic often played him out of position.
And many of his appearances have been as a substitute.
‘Lazy’ Hernandez slammed by Hammers fans
The harsh reality, though, is that the striker looks to have lost the acceleration over a short distance which made him such a goal threat for the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Mexico.
Hernandez missed two or three very presentable opportunities against Spurs.
But what angered West Ham fans most was a clear lack of desire and effort from Hernandez.
His withdrawal for talisman Marko Arnautovic sparked the biggest cheer of the night from the home crowd.
It is a stark contrast to the hero worship afforded to Hernandez before he had kicked a ball for West Ham.
Hernandez has failed to earn his spurs
Adoration from Hammers fans usually has to be hard earned. But it was evidence of the desperation among supporters after years bereft of a quality striker.
Hernandez’s sulky attitude – he can often be seen throwing his hands up in the air if he has to move more than a yard or two to collect a pass – has not gone unnoticed by the West Ham faithful.
And the straw that broke the camel’s back came when Hernandez refused to chase down a ball that he had every chance of keeping in play against Spurs.
That prompted an angry reaction in the ground and on social media with fans labelling him ‘lazy’.
The fact Hernandez picks up such a handsome pay packet only makes matters worse.
‘Get rid and give Rice his money’
Meanwhile young star Declan Rice is straining every sinew game in game out while West Ham inexplicably dither over a new contract.
Some of Europe’s biggest clubs are reported to be circling for Rice (The Sun) while West Ham reportedly refuse to offer him a satisfactory contract.
Meanwhile Hernandez earns in eight days what Rice does in a year.
So supporters made it clear on Twitter what co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold should do with the striker’s wages come January.
They want to see the Mexican shipped out and the money from his wages put to better use by rewarding Rice with the kind of deal his performances and growing stature deserve.
Quick reminder that Rice is on £3k a week and Hernandez is on 140k a week 🤔🤔
— WHU_HUB (@WHU_HUB) November 1, 2018
Hernandez earns more in a month than Rice in a year. Soak that up for a while
— Paulo (@PauloDisco) November 1, 2018
@davidgold #WestHamUnited #COYI it is mine and the fans opinion that we should give Declan Rice https://t.co/6DjX7fIy5n he wants from either or the wages of Hernandez and or Antonio as unfortumately neither are fit for purpose for my beloved club. #WHTID
— ElkTheHammer (@elkinson65) November 1, 2018
Just in case we need reminding Hernandez is on roughly £130k and Rice is on about 10k. Let that sink in for a moment 😲
— robert smith (@darobsta08) October 31, 2018
Diangana, Rice and Snodgrass were great tonight. Hernandez is on more money than all three 🤮
— Corey (@CoreyKemp_) October 31, 2018
Antonio, Ogbonna, Hernandez and Adrian all need to be transfer listed immediately. I’d rather give the playing time to Diangana, Oxford, Silva and Trott.
Masuaku should never be played at LB again.
Rice contract needs to sorted tomorrow morning @davidgold
— Jed (@Jed_rg) October 31, 2018
Declan Rice £450
— Dan Hill (@danjameshill) October 31, 2018
Diop & Rice class, Diangana brilliant, Fredericks Ok but needs to work in his defensive side. Snodgrass absolute workhorse.
Anderson waste of money, Antonio poor as usual, Hernandez needs to get to the MLS ASAP, Ogbonna should just stick to stopping pitch invaders.
— Will Mason ⚒ (@WillMason94) October 31, 2018
Friendly reminder that Hernandez, Carroll, Antonio, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell, Masuaku and Oxford are on a combined BASIC weekly wage of £550,000 per week. Declan Rice contributes more than all of them combined on a weekly basis and is on one five hundred and fiftieth of that.
— Arthur (@HugillSkill) October 31, 2018