Date: 11th September 2017 at 9:00pm
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West Ham United cult hero Dean Ashton has hailed ‘lunatic’ Javier Hernandez as ‘brilliant’, and believes the signing of the Mexico international was a brilliant piece of business for the club.

Despite the poor start to the season, Hernandez has been the stand-out player for the Hammers and has already impressed with his goal-scoring prowess. He opened and subsequently doubled his account for Claret and Blue against Southampton just over two weeks ago, and Ashton believes his impact is already being felt at the club.

“I think Chicharito has been brilliant,” Ashton told “It’s always difficult to come into a new side and get off to a good start. What he does, which the fans love, is he gives absolutely everything.

“He runs around like a lunatic. He puts himself about. He gets in the box. He’s not afraid to get a shot away when he gets the chance, and the main thing is he knows where the net is.

“Against Southampton we saw when he gets a sniff of a chance he puts the ball in the net. So far he’s done really well.”

Ashton himself was fan favourite at the former Boleyn Ground during his four year tenure with the club in which he provided a number of memorable moments including a goal against Liverpool in 2006 FA Cup Final.

Hernandez is set to start tonight against Huddersfield, as in Andy Carroll who returns from injury, and Ashton hopes the two can work together to kick start the Hammers season.

“I want to see Chicharito and Carroll link up. They have to work on it in training but there’s not many strikers who really enjoy playing on their own. There’s a real chance to make a pairing work there.”