Jul 20, 2017

How Twitter reacted to West Ham’s £16million signing of Javier Hernandez

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West Ham United have agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen to sign striker Javier Hernandez, for a reported fee of around £16 million. The Mexico international will now fly to London to finalise personal terms and have a medical before completing his transfer back to the Premier League.

The 29-year-old had a good spell with Manchester United, but he couldn’t shake his tag of being a ‘super-sub’, something that continued at Real Madrid during his time at the Bernabeu. It was a slightly downwards step to join Leverkusen, but he has proven in the Bundesliga that he can thrive in a starting role. He will now have the opportunity to prove that in the Premier League and it could be a signing that propels West Ham to the next level.

Slaven Bilic has been in the market for a high-quality striker since taking over as the Hammers’ manager. Andy Carroll is a good Premier League striker, but injuries mean that he can’t be relied on and it was important that the club brought in a player to compete with him. Hernandez represents a huge coup and they will be hoping that they now have a regular source of goals in the team.

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The problem that this move may pose is a tactical one. West Ham have played a style that suits a powerful centre forward in the mould of Carroll. They will have to change their approach to suit the more mobile poacher that Chicharito is. If the Mexican is to succeed, he will need good service and the Hammers will be hoping that the incoming Marko Arnautovic can be the player to provide that.

This summer has seen West Ham target proven quantities and they will have plenty of experience in their team next season. Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart have already joined the club, while Arnautovic and Hernandez are expected to join them shortly. There are hundreds of international caps and several major trophies among the four of them. The Hammers will be hoping that these four players can take them to the next level.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news that West Ham had agreed a deal to sign Hernandez…

There was one journalist that suggested the reports about the fee weren’t completely accurate…

Hammers’ fans were delighted with the news…

One supporter looked at the news with a pessimistic view…

However, the general view towards the deal can be summed up by the following tweet…

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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