Date: 14th March 2019 at 7:00am
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OPINION

West Ham should be doing a lot better than they are and part of the problem lies with the likes of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic. 

The Hammers maybe ninth in the table, just five points off that fabled seventh spot that they are so desperately chasing, but when all is said and done, they have under performed for large parts of this season.

Why that is has been something of a mystery for much of the campaign, but recent stats could go a long way to putting that riddle to bed.

As reported by Football.London, the Irons have registered just eight goals in their last nine matches, but more worrying still, of those eight strikes, just two have come from open play.

That is simply not good enough for a side with European ambitions, but more tellingly, it acts as a damning indictment of their strike force, and in particular, Hernandez.

Except for the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City, when Andy Carroll was preferred to lead the line, the little Mexican has been Manuel Pellegrini’s go to option to lead the line, and has started five of West Ham’s last six matches.

Despite this continued faith in him, the 30-year-old has scored just once since December 8th.

It’s little wonder that the Irons are struggling so badly when their main source of goals has dried up so comprehensively.

For some unknown reason, Pellegrini continues to bench the far more potent Arnautovic, and it is getting to a point where the Chilean’s stubbornness is starting to have a seriously detrimental effect on his team.

The Hammers come up against Huddersfield Town this weekend, and you would have to say that the match represents the last chance saloon for Chicharito.

If he can’t turn it on against the poorest side in the league then his days are surely numbered, and Arnautovic must be reinstated as soon as possible.