Slaven Bilic on changing West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez's position

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West...

West Ham United forward Javier Hernandez has been played in a more withdrawn role recently.

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...

Slaven Bilic has admitted to the Daily Star that West Ham United forward Javier Hernandez was becoming frustrated at the London Stadium, before he changed the striker’s position.

Hernandez led the line for West Ham over the early part of the campaign, but he has been given a deeper role more recently.

Hernandez has played out wide, and as a number 10, which has led to Bilic being heavily criticised.

Javier Hernandez of West Ham United controls the ball during the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on October 14, 2017 in Burnley, England.

The Mexican forward has always been renowned for his clinical finishing rather than his creativity, and West Ham fans do not believe Bilic is getting the best out of the summer signing.

However, Bilic has defended his decision, and suggested that Hernandez was getting annoyed because he wasn’t getting enough service as an out-and-out striker.

“The reason is people saw him once playing like it or saw the line-up on Sky and thought why is he playing there," the Croatian boss said. 

“The bigger reason is that for a few games we were without a lot of creativity in the middle of the park.

“We weren’t up the pitch enough times to get him the service.

Javier Hernandez of West Ham United celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 19, 2017...

“Like any other striker that made him a bit frustrated and he was leaving his position to get the ball.

“Now with most of the players back he can enjoy the games more. I am very excited.”

Hernandez is likely to be leading the line for West Ham tonight, during their game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Hernandez is expected to shake off a knock to feature, and with Andy Carroll out through suspension, Hernandez looks Bilic’s most likely choice to play in the number nine role.

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