Mexico have been knocked out of the World Cup after a brave but eventually futile effort against Brazil. It means one West Ham player is now on his way back to the club. Javier Hernandez returns to the London Stadium hoping to have a more productive season then his first campaign at the club.
Hernandez managed to scores just eight goals in 33 appearances for West Ham last season following his £16 million move from Bayer Leverkusen.
Such figures are certainly not overly impressive. In fact, in January, it looked as though he could be on his way out of the club.
So has he taken the World Cup as a chance to impress?
In the opening game against Germany, he was fantastic, dragging the German defence all over the place and leaving pockets of space for the likes of Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela, and Miguel Layun. He then scored against South Korea, although his overall performance dipped. Against Sweden and Brazil, he struggled. In the end, he was hauled off for Wolves newbie Raul Jimenez yesterday.
There is absolutely no doubt what Hernandez can bring to a team. A potent goal threat and a popular figure behind-the-scenes, West Ham have a potential gem.
But he will need to prove some consistency during his pre-season schedule with the Hammers to have new boss Manuel Pellegrini impressed.