Date: 4th September 2019 at 5:49pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has been left staggered by West Ham’s decision to allow Javier Hernandez to leave the London Stadium for Sevilla this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and England striker says he cannot believe the Irons have let the Mexican head for Spain when he was Manuel Pellegrini’s second choice centre forward.

The Hammers confirmed on Monday that Hernandez had completed a late move to the La Liga outfit, leaving east London with 17 goals in 63 appearances under his belt.

With Sebastien Haller the only experienced striker on the Hammers’ books, Albian Ajeti now the Frenchman’s understudy, Bent insisted that he would have tried to have forced Hernandez to stay if he was the Hammers.

Bent told Football Insider: “If something happens to Haller, then what can they do? He’s (Hernandez) got an unbelievable record when he comes off the bench, starting maybe he’s a little quiet, but to have had him as backup would have been ideal.

“I don’t know what they’re going to do, they’re going to have to do something. If something happens to Haller what are they going to do? I know it would have been selfish of West Ham but I’d have just said: ‘I know you want to leave but we need you here.'” 

Hernandez played twice this season before departing for Spain, including starting and scoring in the 1-1 draw against Brighton, Haller absent through injury.

New arrival Ajeti joined the Hammers from FC Basel over the summer, the 22-year-old having netted 43 goals in 96 appearances for the Swiss outfit.

He made his debut in the League Cup win over Newport County, playing all 90 minutes against the Welsh side.

In other West Ham news, Bent has told Football Insider that “people don’t understand how good” one Hammers ace can be.