Ian Wright: This key first-teamer can keep West Ham in the Premier League
By George Brooks
Ian Wright says West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez will be crucial to keeping the club in the Premier League.
The Hammers face Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Sunday, in new manager David Moyes’ first game in charge of the club.
Moyes replaced for boss Slaven Bilic last week and has signed a six-month contract at the London Stadium.
The former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland manager has taken over a side in the Premier League’s bottom-three and with the worst defensive record in the division.
However, Wright believes that with Hernandez in the side, the Hammers have a chance of maintaining their Premier League status.
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“Javier Hernandez will be key to the Irons getting out of their current predicament and it just shows that football is, as the cliché states, a funny old game,” Wright wrote in The Sun.
“Moyes clearly didn’t fancy the Mexican at United but he has to play the situation very carefully now to get Chicharito on-side, wanting to play for him and firing on all cylinders.
“Get the ball to him in the box and he will get you the goals to keep you up and have you moving up the table. No question.”
Hernandez is set to miss Sunday’s Premier League clash with a hamstring injury he picked up on international duty with Mexico.
Therefore, Wright is predicting more misery for the Hammers against Marco Silva’s Hornets. The former West Ham striker is predicting a 3-2 victory for Watford with Richarlison scoring the first goal.
Former Manchester United striker Hernandez joined the Hammers on a three-year deal from Bundesliga side Bayer Laverkusen over the summer.
He has scored four Premier League goals for West Ham this season including a double against Southampton back in August.
In other West Ham news, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has revealed his prediction for the Premier League game.