The news that Javier Hernandez should return after the international break is a major boost for West Ham.

Chicharito is exactly the type of player West Ham needed on Friday night as they were chasing the game against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Brighton continued to torment West Ham in the Premier League, claiming a 1-0 victory.

And it was West Ham’s nemesis, Glenn Murray, who was responsible for their downfall once again.

West Ham pushed hard for an equaliser but simply could not break through the solid wall of Brighton’s defence.

In games like these, West Ham needed Chicharito to come off the bench and save them.

Goal scoring prowess

Javier Hernandez’s only goal this season came against AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Hernandez has built his career on finishing chances off. His all-round game play is not the best, but he is a poacher.

If the ball is bouncing around in the box, the Mexico international will be on the end of it and more often than not, it ends up in the net.


West Ham needed to bring a finisher on against the Seagulls.

Hernandez’s composure could have earned West Ham a draw as they pushed and pushed towards the end of the game.

Better than the alternatives

Hernandez is not quite the player he once was. But he still knows where the net is.

And West Ham fans would rather have the diminutive Mexican to call upon than Michail Antonio.

Once again, Antonio was lambasted for his poor showing. The 28-year-old just doesn’t seem to have the same impact he once did.

Hernandez, on the other hand, can score goals if the ball drops to him.

Chicharito is now returning from illness and should be back after the break; a welcome boost for the Hammers after the Brighton loss.

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