Javier Hernandez is one of the finest finishers the Premier League has ever seen.
His form may be hit and miss these days, and he may have spent a large part of his career on the bench or playing somewhere else entirely, but when he is on his game and in the box, he is absolutely lethal.
That’s why feelings were so mixed when it was suggested in January that he was on the cusp of going Valencia, as reported by Football.London.
The little Mexican has been far from perfect in the claret and blue, but losing a finisher of his talents will always be a blow, and finding a replacement is no easy task.
Given his apparent willingness to go just a couple of months ago, questions have remains over the 30-year-old’s future at the club, but his latest comments could give the clearest hint yet as to his intentions.
Chicharito recently hit is 50th goal in the Premier League, and during an interview with West Ham’s official website, he suggested that he was content with his current situation.
He said: “You always aim and dream about big achievements and big numbers, but I never thought I would get 50 Premier League goals.
“In this country, winning two Premier Leagues and now being with West Ham, I am very glad and happy. Hopefully I can get more goals of course.”
This hardly sounds like a man who wants to leave, and the hope will be that, following that near miss in January, his head is in a much better space right now.
That will be a relief for Hammers staff and fans who will realise that even when he is not operating at the top of his game, Hernandez is still a very useful member of the squad.