West Ham stunned everyone when they secured the £16 million signing of Javier Hernandez back in July.
The Hammers had managed to sign a proven goalscorer, a player who’d scored regularly for Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen. He also recently spent a season on loan at Real Madrid, where he netted nine goals, and was also the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Mexico national team.
West Ham’s joint-chairman David Sullivan even went as far as to say that Chicharito, who turned 29 in June, could be the best ever player to join the club.
"I think he is potentially the best player who has ever come to the club,” Sullivan told talkSPORT, per ESPN. "In recent years, he is probably the best proven goalscorer we have signed since we have been at the club.
"He's done it in the Premier League with Manchester United. We were lucky he only had a year left on his contract with his club and that allows you to negotiate a deal."
However, fast forward a few months and it’s fair to say that Hernandez has failed to live up to those lofty expectations.
Although he’s shown glimpses of his class, there’s no getting away from the fact he’s only managed to score four goals in his first 12 appearances for the club.
Now, that’s not entirely his fault, of course. Chicharito is a centre-forward who relies on service from his teammates.
Gerrard blasts Chicharito after Liverpool beat West Ham
However, Steven Gerrard was dismayed by the Mexican’s work ethic during West Ham’s 4-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday evening.
The former Liverpool captain blasted the former United striker and believes he should take a leaf from Roberto Firmino’s book.
“You compare Firmino, today, to Javier Hernandez,” Gerrard said on BT Sport after the match. “It’s just two completely different players.
“One doesn’t care, one doesn’t run, one’s lazy.
“The other one runs his socks off, starts all the presses off, fantastic first touch, makes things happen, strong, hard to play against. Everything you want in a centre-forward.”
Video: Gerrard's rant about Chicharito
Watch Gerrard’s rant about Chicharito here…
Is that a fair assessment from Gerrard - or is it harsh? We’d love to know what West Ham fans think, so leave a comment below.
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