The shocking cost of prima donna flop Javier Hernandez to West Ham United has been laid bare.
Hernandez delivered yet another ineffectual display for West Ham as profligacy cost them dear in defeat at Manchester United last time out.
The Hammers desperately need new blood up front next season.
But Manuel Pellegrini has been told he must sell to buy.
Disrespectful Hernandez thinks he is better than he is
Hernandez once again showed disrespect for his manager and teammates with a public display of arrogance when he was substituted on 70 minutes at Old Trafford.
Shaking his head and hitting out at Pellegrini as he left the field, moaning to his teammates on the bench, it was typical of Hernandez’s over-inflated opinion of himself.
The Mexican is a penalty box poacher. But he offers West Ham little else. Indeed his attitude and lack of effort often leave West Ham fans raging.
But Pellegrini faces a near impossible task to sell a player who stands to earn another £8 million in wages in his final season.
£2m a goal: The cost of prima donna striker
Hernandez is West Ham’s highest earner on £140,000 per week (Spotrac). The Hammers paid Bayer Leverkusen £16.5million for the striker back in 2017.
That means by the end of this season West Ham have shelled out over £31million in wages and fees alone for Hernandez. That is for a return of just 16 goals from 61 games. Working out to nearly £2million per goal.
That figure will rise to over £40million if Hernandez sees out the last year of his contract.
The reality is West Ham will struggle to find a club willing to take on his huge wages. Let alone give them money for the privilege.
It may be in the Hammers’s best interests to pay up his contract or allow him to leave on loan where the club will surely have to foot the bill for a percentage of his wages.
Pellegrini faces battle to shed Mexican’s ridiculous wages
Hernandez’s latest show of petulance is nothing new.
Fans have become used to watching the striker’s little tantrums.
Mark Noble even revealed he had to speak to Hernandez about his poor attitude (Evening Standard).
A move to Valencia failed to materialise in January. And Noble says Hernandez pledged to refocus and start giving his all for the Hammers.
Quite why the club’s highest ever earner needed to be cajoled into putting a shift in is nothing short of a disgrace.