With some excellent players in forward areas, the Mexican forward may not be able to kick on in the way he hopes at West Ham United.

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has been talking up Javier Hernandez and how he views him as a player with an important role to play in 2018/19.

Chicharito will be back for pre-season with the Irons on Friday, after impressing at the World Cup with Mexico, and he will find himself surrounded by a number of fresh faces, with the club having been very busy in the transfer market while he was away.

The Hammers have brought in Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Fabian Balbuena, at a combined cost of just under £100 million.

Two of those acquisitions, Yarmolenko and Anderson, will occupy the wings and, with Marko Arnautovic continuing to flourish in a central striking role, the question must be asked; where would Hernandez fit?

Pellegrini has said of ‘The Little Pea’ via the club’s official website: “I spoke with Javier before he played the World Cup when I signed here and I told him that he would be a very important player here with me.”

Encouraging words for the player on the face of it, but he could have a hard time establishing himself with West Ham’s transfer business perhaps dictating he will be benched.

Something really counting against him is his lack of versatility. With Arnautovic emerging as, arguably, the team’s most dangerous player through the middle, it is possible he will not be featuring as a starter. As a goal poacher, he cannot operate as a natural winger like Anderson and Yarmolenko.

Perhaps something for Hernandez to cling to is the notion of Pellegrini playing him in a possible partnership with the maverick Austrian, but that is not a system the manager favoured at Manchester City, or the Hammers last season.

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