Will West Ham United regret not going for Andre Gray over Javier Hernandez?

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers at The London Stadium on September 19, 2017 in...

Javier Hernandez appears to be taking a while to fully settle in at West Ham United.

Javier Hernandez of West Ham United and Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur clash during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on...

When Javier Hernandez arrived at West Ham United earlier this summer, there was an expectation that the Mexican could take Slaven Bilic’s side to the next level.

Hernandez has proven before that he can be a prolific scorer at Premier League level, and he arrived after an excellent season at Bayer Leverkusen last term.

However, things have not yet worked out as hoped for Hernandez at the London Stadium since his £16 million move, as valued by the London Evening Standard.

Referee Michael Oliver gestures to Javier Hernandez of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on September 23, 2017...

The 29-year-old has only found the back of the net in two of his first nine West Ham appearances, and he has certainly not established himself as Bilic’s leading striker.

Hernandez has been forced to play out wide and in a withdrawn role, with Bilic suggesting that he isn’t suited to pairing Andy Carroll up-front.

As a result, there may now be a question over whether West Ham would have been better off targeting Andre Gray.

The Hammers were heavily linked with the Burnley forward in the Daily Mail, but he ended up making a move to Watford.

Andre Gray of Burnley celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on April 29, 2017 in London, England.

Gray has impressed for the Hornets, and his skill set may have suited West Ham more than Hernandez’s.

While the former Manchester United man is undoubtedly a better finisher, Gray is arguably a better link-man.

Gray possesses more pace and power than Hernandez, and if a goalscorer wasn’t Bilic’s top priority, then there is a question to be asked over whether he picked the right man to buy in the summer.

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