Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp was left drooling over West Ham forward Javier Hernandez after he helped earn his side a point against Chelsea on Sunday.
Hernandez, 29, came off the bench to snatch an equaliser for David Moyes’ side and now Redknapp has stunningly claimed that the Mexico international is one of the best finishers in the world.
The Mirror has recently reported that the former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward wants to quit West Ham in the summer in order to earn more regular first-team football and will consider his options when the season ends.
And if Redknapp’s praise is anything to go by, Hernandez will not have any problems in finding any potential suitors.
“He does a great job holding the ball up for his team, being aggressive and holding off Gary Cahill. It’s a good piece of play. He’s one of the best finishers in the game,” he said, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“He is up there with the best and it’s a brilliant finish, it’s unstoppable. Great forwards seem to have that extra bit of time.
“He’s almost stumbled across it but playing Marko Arnautovic as the striker has really helped West Ham. He’s more mobile, he gets hold of the ball, he can do something with it and even the penalty appeal, that’s him at his best.
“But when you have 70 minutes and you need someone to come on – an assassin, a goalscorer – that’s what Hernandez brings. He’s one of the best in the business.”
Football Insider verdict
Redknapp has gone a bit over the top with his praise of Hernandez, especially considering he is struggling to play regularly for West Ham despite being one of their highest earners. He has started just 16 times in the Premier League this term and clearly is not fancied by Moyes. The Mexican has a great goalscoring record in his career, but he is by no means one of the best finishers in world football. Someone who is one of the best will have scored more than eight goals in 30 appearances this term. The Hammers should still try to cash in on Chicharito in the summer, because they’re bound to get a decent fee.
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