COMMENT By Will Butcher
The signing of Javier Hernandez can fire West Ham towards Europa League qualification come May 2018 if the Mexican can strike a chord with target man Andy Carroll.
West Ham confirmed on their official website that Hernandez had put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the club, becoming the Hammers’ fourth summer signing.
The Daily Mail later confirmed that the former Manchester United striker will earn the most money at the London Stadium, worth around £140,000 a week following his £16million move.
Now, Hammers fans will be hoping the pocket-sized striker can reignite his goalscoring touch in the Premier League and forming a partnership with Carroll is his best chance of doing that.
England international Carroll is often criticised for his lack of goals during spells with Liverpool, West Ham and Newcastle, but it is his influence on play that can bring the best out of Hernandez.
His aerial prowess brings other attackers into play, keeping defenders at bay when receiving the ball in the air or to feet.
The Hammers are known for their desire to get the ball into the box, and having Carroll with Hernandez would see the target man knock the ball down to the Mexico international.
Known for his fox-in-the-box style, 29-year-old Hernandez has scored 37 goals in 103 Premier League appearances and with Carroll feeding him, the striker will thrive from close range.
If manager Slaven Bilic opts to use a 4-4-2 system with Carroll and Hernandez leading the line, the Hammers could find themselves forcing their way into the top six of the Premier League; qualifying for the Europa League.
A Carroll-Hernandez partnership will therefore prove much more effective than a formation including only one striker, with both strikers needing a partner to impress.
But keeping Carroll fit is absolutely vital, as the east London outfit look to put behind them their disappointing campaign of 2016-17 that saw them finish in a lowly 11th place.
In other West Ham transfer news, Bilic is reportedly looking to sell this attacker.