Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez appears far from happy at West Ham United and the latest comments from his agent, plus growing media speculation, suggests his future lies elsewhere.
There is however one small catch: he’s one of the only strikers currently fit to play for the Hammers.
With Andy Carroll out with what could be a lengthy hamstring injury, plus Michael Antonio still out and now both Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic out with hamstring injuries, David Moyes has just Chicharito, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho to choose from.
Bizarrely all three of Chicharito, Ayew and Sakho have been linked with a move away from the London Stadium in January but that could all be on hold.
Pro Soccer Talk understands that Major League Soccer newcomers LAFC have a long-standing interest in Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer and Bob Bradley‘s men still have one remaining Designated Player spot open before they kick off their inaugural season in March.
“There are a number of clubs interested in his services, he’s a player everyone knows and is incredibly professional,” Eduardo Hernandez said. “Our primary focus is a club in which [Chicharito] can play the most games possible. That’s the most important. Javier has asked personally for it. He’s commented, stated and demanded that we look for a club that really needs a player with his characteristics because what he wants is to play and play and play.”
Chicharito may get that chance to “play and play and play” at West Ham in the next few weeks and the timing of a glut of injuries to Moyes’ other strikers hasn’t worked out well for the El Tri star.
The striker, who only joined from Bayer Leverkusen for $21 million in the summer, has found minutes hard to come by since Moyes was appointed in November but he did score the equalizer last weekend against Bournemouth after jumping off the bench. Hernandez is also West Ham’s second-highest goalscorer in the PL this season with five goals, but he has often found himself coming off the bench or played out wide when Slaven Bilic was in charge.
It appears Chicharito has plenty of options but for with the 2018 World Cup fast approaching both he and Mexico need him to be playing, and scoring, regularly.