27 Jul, 19:00
Many might not believe it, but this is the truth, Javier Hernandez is the 33rd striker to join West Ham since 2010.
The former Manchester United striker joined the Hammers in a £16million deal from Bayer Leverkusen and many think it’s a smart bit of business from the London club considering Mexican’s record.
Chicha’s record in Bundesliga
Hernandez spent two seasons with Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 28 goals in 54 appearances. Prior to that he was deemed good enough to go on loan to Real Madrid and at Manchester United he notched 59 goals in 157 appearances in all competitions.
The Hammers’ fans will certainly hope he can bring that goalscoring form to the London Stadium – but don’t bet on it.
Chicha isn’t the first striker West Ham have placed their faith in to score the goals. In fact since January 2010 they’ve signed 33 of them.
There have been some relative successes in that spell.
Demba Ba arrived in January 2011 and scored seven goals in 13 appearances. But that form was so good Newcastle came calling and he was gone within six months. Andy Carroll can be unplayable, when he plays that is. Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have been relatively useful in recent years too.
But of the 32 strikers signed prior to Hernandez’s arrival, an incredible 20 of them failed to score more than three goals.
Among them Benni McCarthy, a £2.2m signing from Blackburn, who never scored. Nikica Jelavic, signed for £2.8m from Hull, scored twice. Simone Zaza cost £5m in a loan fee but never scored. Then there are the disastrous loan spells of Mido, Robbie Keane and Marouane Chamakh who between them scored twice.
The list is long and depressing for West Ham fans. They more than anyone will hope Hernandez can buck that trend.