West Ham United legend Geoff Hurst has told the Daily Star that he thinks new signing Javier Hernandez must be aiming for around 15 to 20 goals this season, otherwise it will be a disappointing campaign for him.
After a disappointing campaign last season, many felt that the Hammers needed to back manager Slaven Bilic in the transfer market having endured a tumultuous first season at the London Stadium - and the West Ham board have responded well.
Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City and Javier Hernandez of West Ham United battle for possession
Bilic has been able to bring in goalkeeper Joe Hart and defender Pablo Zabaleta, who won two Premier League titles together at Manchester City, whilst forward Marko Arnautovic has also arrived from Stoke City in a bid to provide goals and creativity.
Yet, the signing which has really got fans talking is that of Javier Hernandez, with the striker joining from Bayer Leverkusen last mont in a move that many believe is a real coup for the Hammers.
The 29-year-old made his name with Manchester United, scoring 37 goals in just 103 Premier League games before heading to Real Madrid and Leverkusen, notching 39 goals in 76 appearances for the latter.
A Mexico international with 48 goals in 96 caps for his country, Hernandez is a born goalscorer and one of the most dangerous poachers in football, with many now believing that West Ham finally have a striker who can put the ball in the net consistently.
Now, a former West Ham striking hero has had his say on Hernandez's move, with Geoff Hurst telling the Daily Star that he thinks Hernandez is exactly what West Ham have been missing in front of goal.
Hurst did though lay down something of a challenge to Hernandez, but stating that anything less than 15 to 20 goals this season would be a disappointment, and he should be the man to help West Ham improve their Premier League standing after a poor campaign last season.
"West Ham have made good signings in my opinion. Hernandez is absolutely the right kind of striker for them," said Hurst. "He’s got pace and if you have that you can always cause problems - 15 to 20 goals has got to be his goal this season. Any less than that and he should be disappointed. He’s a quality player who has great movement and can score goals."
"He should help West Ham improve. We had a disappointing year last year. But we’re not going to be close to the top six. If we finish comfortably above mid-table and have a good cup run I think everyone should be happy with that. But you have got to be dreaming if you think we’re finishing in the top six. We’re still a long way away from the big spending clubs," he added.
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