The West Ham United striker scored an important brace for his side yesterday.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini spoke to reporters in the aftermath of his side's superb 4-3 win over Huddersfield Town at the London Stadium, and refuted the claim that Javier Hernandez is actually better when coming off the bench, as quoted by Football.London.
The 30-year-old joined the Hammers from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2017, for a fee believed to be worth £16 million, and he has gone on to rack up 16 goals in 58 appearances in all competitions thus far.
From those 58 games, the Mexico international has made 34 starts and 24 substitute appearances, and he does seem to make a real impact when he comes off the bench.
Four of his seven Premier League goals this season have come from when he has started the game, however.
Pellegrini responded when a reporter claimed that Hernandez is more useful when utilised as a second-half substitute, as quoted by Football.London:
"No I don't agree with you. I think Javier has had a special season because he arrived from the World Cup with less holiday than the rest, he started playing then had a long illness of five weeks. During the games he has started, he has scored goals. When you review the first half, he scored in games he starts."
West Ham now have a couple of weeks off before they play again - a home game against Everton, and nothing less than a win will do, with some incredibly tough away games still to come.
Hernandez will surely have a key role to play for his team, but whether Pellegrini decides to start him against the Toffees remains to be seen.
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