West Ham striker Javier Hernandez has changed his kit number, whufc.com has announced. The former number 17 will transfer and take the number 9 shirt at West Ham.
And just one day after failing to sign Maxi Gomez, Hernandez’s number change indicates that he could be in line for an improved role.
Javier Hernandez: Stay or go?
Doubt has surrounded Hernandez’s future this summer. With just one year remaining on his contract, the 31-year-old has been linked with a summer exit.
Valencia reportedly wanted Chicharito in an £8m deal (The Sun), although, ironically, they will probably shelve this interest if they complete the Gomez signing.
Another report (by ESPN) claims clubs from England, Spain, Italy and the United States are keen on Hernandez. And it added that West Ham will demand between £8m and £12m for the Mexican striker.
However, after Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll left, West Ham might need Hernandez. And West Ham fans are predicting that Chicharito will play a bigger role next term.
Here are some tweets from West Ham fans who are reading into Hernandez’s change of number.
Hernandez is quality! Maybe with the creative talent we possess now with Fornals, Lanzini, Wilshere, Anderson this could be his season to shine for us! The man scores goals so utilise him correctly n we have that 15-20 goal striker end off!
— ⚒⚒TonyCOYI⚒⚒ (@CoyiTony) July 10, 2019
So we play to Chicha’s strengths then. No more lone striker nonsense. Lots of action in and around the box for him to do his thing. Happy with that
— Rob Childs (@robchilds) July 10, 2019
So he’s our main striker, I’m good with that, he’ll score 20+ next season ⚒⚒⚒
— Jon O’Sullivan (@Jon_FT17) July 10, 2019
VERY happy with this, class striker. I hope he gets game time and with the service from the wings that is available this year he will smash 20 in easy.
— Liam Tandy ⚒ (@liamtandy88) July 10, 2019
Chicha’s definitely staying then!
Given the right run of games he will score 15-20 goals a season for us!
— Ricky Forrest (@rickwhufc) July 10, 2019
I’m pleased Chicha will be staying. Proven goalscorer, good mentality. And most of all we NEED him!
— Admiral Ackbar (@matthewcoster) July 10, 2019