Javier Hernandez has taken a dig at West Ham United after sealing a move to Sevilla.
Hernandez has joined the La Liga side on a three-year deal for a fee believed to be £7million.
The former Manchester United star failed to establish himself in East London.
He went from barely featuring to playing out of position when he did and lengthy absences through illness and injury didn’t help either.
Many supporters grew tired of Hernandez’s lack of work rate and attitude. There was a flashpoint at Old Trafford last season when the Mexican raged at Pellegrini after being substituted.
In truth Hernandez lacked the strength, agility and pace needed to be a success as a lone striker in the Premier League.
The signing has been confirmed on Sevilla’s official website.
And in his first interview as a Sevilla player Hernandez has aimed a dig at West Ham, claiming he is making a step up.
Hernandez aims dig at Hammers
“I’m moving here with my family and I am going to enjoy living in this city,” Hernandez told Sevilla’s official website.
“I know a lot of people who have lived here, and no one has a bad word to say about the place.
“This is a step up in my career. It’s another step and a brilliant chance to enjoy myself and push myself to show that I am at a high enough level to play for the club. I’ve got the present in my hands and in the future I hope that I’ll talk about what a fantastic time I spent here.”
Interesting that Hernandez sees it as a step up.
There is no doubt Sevilla are a historic club. But so are West Ham.
Sevilla finished sixth in La Liga last season, a competition widely regarded as vastly inferior to the fiercely competitive Premier League where West Ham finished 10th.
Whatever makes you feel better Javier
Indeed had Hernandez done more to justify his status as West Ham’s highest ever earner on £140,000 per week West Ham may have finished a few places better in seventh.
That would have been enough for Europa League football, which is what Sevilla will be playing this season.
West Ham were playing in the Europa League when Hernandez joined. But he failed to live up to his billing as a marquee striker signing managing just 16 goals in three years.
West Ham also play in front of 60,000 people every other week and have the second highest number of season ticket holders in the Premier League behind only Manchester United.
He was also working under a hugely successful and well respected manager in Pallegrini.
But if this pathetic dig makes Chicharito feel better about himself, let him believe Sevilla is a ‘step up’ from the Hammers.
It is his loss.