By Danny Wright
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes that West Ham have secured a good piece of business with their purchase of striker Javier Hernandez, but he adds that it hasn’t surprised him.
The 29-year-old signed for the Irons earlier this summer from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth £16million and is seen as someone who can sort out the lack of goals from the forward area this season.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward scored 13 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions last term in Germany, and now Henry, 39, thinks that he can replicate that form with the Hammers and become the main man at the London Stadium.
“He’s an old-fashioned striker, in a way. He’s lethal in the box and he can hold the ball. We’ve seen it since he was at Manchester United. It’s not always easy to just come off the bench and score but he used to come up with some big goals at crucial moments,” said Henry about the Mexican international on the Sky Sports website.
“It looks like a very, very good buy for West Ham. He knows the league and he has the experience of playing for two of the biggest teams in the world in Manchester United and Real Madrid.
“I wasn’t surprised to see him join West Ham because they have a history of luring players like that to the club. They had Paolo Di Canio and more recently Dimitri Payet. So there is a bit of history there. I think Chicharito will do well.”
Hernandez hasn’t been the only reinforcement made to Slaven Bilic’s side ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
Marko Arnautovic became West Ham’s record signing when he secured his move from Stoke, while attacking midfielder Sead Haksabanovic is the club’s most recent recruit.
They have joined Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart in signing for the east London side, who will no doubt be looking to improve on their bottom half finish from last season.
Strikers Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho spent most of last term on the sidelines with injury while other key players such as Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell also had their fair share of time in the physio’s books.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers have responded to a bid for this first-team player.