West Ham United face a summer overhaul in the striker department and Javier Hernandez needs to be the first out of the door.

When West Ham signed Hernandez for £16.5 million back in 2017 it was meant to be so different.

The Hammers had long craved a potent and proven finisher like Hernandez.

But 14 goals in 56 games suggests things have not worked out.

Prior to January if Hernandez did make it onto the pitch he spent most of his energy throwing his arms up in the air, moaning and shaking his head when inevitably substituted.

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Noble had to have words with sulky striker

Mark Noble even revealed he had to speak to Hernandez about his poor attitude (Evening Standard).

When a move to Valencia failed to materialise in January Noble says Hernandez pledged to refocus and start giving his all for the Hammers until the end of the season.

Quite why the club’s highest ever earner, on a whopping  £145,000 per week, has only just decided to start putting a shift in is nothing short of a disgrace.

A recent mini-revival has seen the Mexican start ahead of another striker with an attitude problem, Marko Arnautovic.

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El diver grates on Hammers fans

A handball goal against Fulham and earning a penalty against Newcastle saw Chicharito keep his place.

 

But he was back to his sulky worst in the 2-0 defeat at Cardiff.

More interested in diving to earn cheap free-kicks than actually helping the team build something resembling a threatening attack Hernandez had West Ham fans tearing their hair out in Wales.

West Ham fans, like most English football supporters, detest diving.

And el diver leaves even the most ardent Hammer cringing at times.

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Hernandez has cost West Ham over £30 million

The Hammers have only scored twice from open play since January 2nd. A damning statistic.

Andy Carroll will be released in the summer.

Outcast Lucas Perez will not be far behind if West Ham can find anyone to have him.

But Hernandez has cost West Ham over £30 million in just two years and has failed miserably to pay the club back.

He should be the first one sold this summer as the money in wages can be infinitely better spent on someone younger and hungrier.