Javier Chicharito Hernandez’s 2017-18 season at West Ham has, for a number of causes, been troubling. The Mexican striker didn’t precisely go well with Slaven Bilic’s incoherent system, nor has he been a constant starter for David Moyes. He has usually been both remoted or ineffective all through a tumultuous season on the London membership. He hasn’t been an ideal match for West Ham, and West Ham – particularly in a World Cup 12 months – hasn’t been an ideal match for him.
However on Sunday, with the Hammers trailing 1-0 at Chelsea within the thick of a relegation battle, Chicharito got here off the bench and did what he does greatest: Rating targets – particularly in that supersub function, and particularly towards the Blues.
He earned a 1-1 draw that reaffirmed West Ham’s place above the drop zone and Chelsea’s exterior the highest 4. He pounced on a intelligent pull-back from Marko Arnautovic and picked out the underside nook of Thibaut Courtois’ web.
Joe Hart was additionally immense as West Ham held on for a degree. It took the Hammers six factors away from the underside three. And in a still-tight Premier League relegation battle, each level may be essential.
Hernandez’s purpose was subsequently essential. It was, extremely, the sixth purpose he’s scored off the bench towards Chelsea in his profession. It was his eighth purpose of the season for West Ham, and second equalizer as an alternative.
The Blues, in the meantime, dropped two factors, and are absolutely out of the race for the highest 4. Meaning they’re absolutely out of subsequent season’s Champions League. And a season that has been as turbulent as West Ham’s, albeit for various causes, appears set to finish in disappointment.
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