Injury-hit West Ham take on Tottenham Hotspur tonight in the EFL Cup.

Having navigated their way past League One AFC Wimbledon and League Two Macclesfield Town, West Ham host Spurs in the next round.

In the London derby clash in East London tonight, one man in particular has a point to prove.

Javier Hernandez was recalled to the starting line-up last weekend in the absence of Marko Arnautovic.

But he was hauled off after a poor showing at Leicester City and now he could be fighting for his future.

Hernandez at West Ham

Javier Hernandez has scored one goal for West Ham this season. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Hernandez was a marquee signing when he joined West Ham under Slaven Bilic.

But in his first season in East London, he managed just eight goals. This was partly down to not suiting David Moyes’ style and partly down to several injuries.

However, this year, he has only netted once in seven outings and that was against Wimbledon in the cup.


The Mexico international plays second fiddle to Arnautovic but he needs to show why he is renowned as a finisher by adding more goals to his game.

What can he offer?

Hernandez is a world renowned finisher. He is a fox-in-the-box style poacher.

If the ball lands at his feet in the box, you assume he is going to put it into the net. But when chances are not coming, his all-round game play needs some work.

Is time running out?

Hernandez needs to use this Spurs game to prove he is worthy of a first-team place each week.

Arnautovic is likely to recover from his illness soon and he will automatically slot back in ahead of Chicharito.

And with Andy Carroll’s return imminent, Manuel Pellegrini may prefer the big man as he has the potential to be more effective than Hernandez.

With time running out, Hernandez needs to make an impression soon.

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