Mark Noble comments suggest West Ham could be about to make a big transfer mistake this summer if they sell Javier Hernandez

David Moyes manager of West Ham United speaks with Mark Noble of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on January 20,...

It seems typical of West Ham United to fail to make best use of the striker they have been so desperately trying to find for the best part of a decade.

Javier Hernandez of West Ham United arrives prior to the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

But that's exactly what West Ham seem to have done since bringing fans' favourite Javier Hernandez to the club for a relatively paltry £16 million last summer.

Chicharito has played 30 times for the Hammers this season, mostly as a substitute and on the rare occasion he has started it has often been out of position.

Despite that Mexico's all-time leading goalscorer has still managed nine goals, a ratio which is consistent with his excellent career of finding the back of the net.

A lack of game time saw Hernandez linked with a move away in January and the striker confirmed he wanted to leave and still might this summer, as reported by the likes of The Mirror.

The bitter irony of the situation is not lost on West Ham fans, who have been frustrated with the way both Slaven Bilic and David Moyes have handled Hernandez this season.

West Ham United manager David Moyes gestures during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at London Stadium on March 31, 2018 in London, England.

After years of searching for a top quality striker the Hammers finally seemed to have landed a player fitting that profile when they secured Chicharito's services for a relative bargain £16 million from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

While he has at times looked somewhat leggy, in the box he has proved as potent as ever. Before signing the 29-year-old the world and its wife knew that all 59 of his previous goals in England - while playing for Manchester United - came from inside the box.

Quite why Bilic and less so Moyes then pushed the poacher out to a wide position where he is expected to do as much defending as attacking in what has been a poor Hammers side is anyone's guess.

Javier Hernandez of West Ham United celebrates with team mate Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and...

Hernandez's latest goal - again coming off the bench - secured the East Londoners a precious point away at London rivals Chelsea last time out.

And comments from West Ham captain Mark Noble on the club's official website since suggest West Ham could be about to make a huge mistake by selling him this summer.

"Chicharito is a goal machine - he gets one chance and scores," Noble told whufc.com.

"He's probably not played as many minutes as he would have liked but probably down to the way the season has gone.

"But when you can bring him on, as soon as it fell to him I'm standing right behind him and there were about ten bodies in front, but you know he will find that spot and that's why he's the player he is."

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