Date: 2nd September 2019 at 12:01pm
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OPINION

The potential exit of a top earner at a club usually isn’t the best, but it could be different at West Ham.

SportItalia journalist Alfredo Pedulla confirmed that Javier Hernandez was set to join Sevilla and sign a three-year deal after being pictured in front of the Spanish club’s badge on Sunday.

The Mexican international appears to be the third-choice forward at the London Stadium, with new signings Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti both ahead of the 31-year-old this season.

It was then reported by Sky Sports on their live blog (01/09 8:48 pm) that Hernandez was to undergo his medical on Monday ahead of the move.

Hernandez did start the Hammers’ second game of the season away at Brighton and managed to score in that game, in what could be his final appearance for the club.

Football Insider have reported that Manuel Pellegrini is said to have sanctioned the exit of Hernandez in a move that will please the West Ham dressing room.

The Hammers’ players are said to be unhappy that Hernandez isn’t a regular starter despite being paid the most money of anyone in the dressing room.

Hernandez is currently on £140,000-a-week in East London [Source: Spotrac], a wage that makes him the top earner at the club comfortably.

The 31-year-old may have scored in his only start this season, but the former Manchester United man hasn’t done enough to prove his worth.

Chicharito may have averaged 1.5 shots per game according to WhoScored, but he failed to register a single key pass or complete one dribble – stats nowhere near good enough for a striker who would be expected to lead the line alone when called upon.

If he leaves it will be a good move for West Ham.