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Hurst and Thierry Henry laud the signing of 'quality' Chicharito


Sir Geoff Hurst believes the signing of Chicharito is exactly what West Ham need to take the Club to the next level.

Javier Hernandez became West Ham’s fourth signing of the summer when he joined from Bayer Leverkusen and is poised to make his debut for the Club against Manchester United on Sunday.

The Mexican forward has impressed in training and Club legend Hurst, who scored 248 goals in his Irons career, reckons Chicharito and West Ham are a match made in heaven.

The 1966 World Cup winner and hat-trick hero has also backed West Ham’s new No17 to score at least 15 goals this season.

Hernandez is absolutely the right kind of striker [for West Ham]. He's a quality player who has great movement and can score goals

Geoff Hurst

“West Ham have made good signings in my opinion,” Hurst said at the 2017 FA & McDonald’s Community Awards. “Hernandez is absolutely the right kind of striker for them.

“He’s got pace and if you have that you can always cause problems - 15 to 20 goals has got to be his goal this season.

“Any less than that and he should be disappointed. He’s a quality player who has great movement and can score goals.”

Hurst’s sentiments have been echoed by Premier League legend Thierry Henry, who is expecting Chicharito to maintain his reputation of scoring important goals while at the London Stadium.

The former Arsenal attacker recalls playing against Hernandez while the new West Ham signing was with Chivas and believes he will prove himself to be a great addition to Slaven Bilic’s side.

Henry told Sky Sports: “I played against him when I was at Barcelona and he was a young player at Chivas. I remember saying to Rafael Marquez: 'Who is that guy?' He said he was going to be a good player and it has turned out to be true.

"He's an old-fashioned striker, in a way. He's lethal in the box and he can hold the ball. We've seen it since he was at Manchester United. It's not always easy to just come off the bench and score but he used to come up with some big goals at crucial moments.

"It looks like a very, very good buy for West Ham. He knows the league and he has the experience of playing for two of the biggest teams in the world in Manchester United and Real Madrid.

"I wasn't surprised to see him join West Ham because they have a history of luring players like that to the club. They had Paolo Di Canio and more recently Dimitri Payet. so there is a bit of history there.

"I think Chicharito will do well."