Here we go again. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez could be on the move again with West Ham manager David Moyes ‘willing to listen’ to offers for the Mexican international. During the 2013-14 season while Moyes was at the helm at Manchester United he was not a big fan of the “Little Pea” so the news is not surprising.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 11, 2018
LAFC has flirted with the idea of signing Chicharito, which given the news now opens up a whole new window for the expansion side to make another move. Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer has been open to MLS but has hesitated in the past hinting that the timing wasn’t right.
How about now?
The World Cup is approaching and playing time will be crucial for the 29-year-old to be in the right form for El Tri. He would surely get plenty of minutes at LAFC and would be the star attraction for the new MLS club. With respect to the club’s first designated player Carlos Vela, Chicharito is the bigger name given all his accomplishments and the “big” clubs he’s been apart of. He is truly the fan favorite amongst fans.
A few days ago, LAFC head coach Bob Bradley weighed in on the Chicharito speculation with ESPN’s Nacion:
“That one is left with the ownership,” he said to Nacion ESPN Thursday with the hint of a grin. “From the standpoint of the manager, Chicharito is a big player, big personality, great goal scorer. So if Will Ferrell, the rest of the ownership can bring that commitment, I can figure out a way to get him on the field and help him score goals.”
The coach is mum on the murmurs but he’s done nothing to quell the rumors of possibly adding Chicharito to the roster. It’s a long shot for sure because other clubs could use the Mexican’s services and could be willing to pay the adequate fee to get him from West Ham.
LAFC has one remaining designated spot available if they chose to add Chicharito. Would they break the bank for him? How much would they be willing to pay the star striker? He will not come cheap. But a striking pairing of Vela and Hernandez up top would be entertaining.
Bradley added that Vela “recommends me all sorts of players.” I’m sure the topic has been brought up a few times as Hernandez and Vela are both from the Chivas academy and are staples on the Mexican National team. In addition, with the dos Santos siblings also in town at the LA Galaxy, a Los Angeles reunion with his fellow “compas” would be appealing to Hernandez.
As the preseason looms for LAFC as they continue to round out their roster and the transfer season rolls on, it would be interesting to see what develops.
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