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West Ham United skipper Mark Noble has praised goalscorer Javier Hernandez after the Mexican striker rescued a point for the Hammers on Saturday.

The spoils were shared at the London Stadium in a 1-1 Premier League draw against Bournemouth, but the hosts found themselves a goal down after Ryan Fraser opened the scoring.

West Ham substitute Javier Hernandez came off the bench to net the equaliser and ensure that the Irons remain unbeaten in 2018.

The Mexican centre forward has been linked with a potential Hammers exit this month, as David Moyes has preferred to play Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini as the furthest men forward.

Noble has stated that the West Ham boss has got his team selection right given the afore-mentioned pair’s blistering recent form – but he was also full of praise for Hernandez after his goalscoring heroics.

“We brought Chicha on, he hasn’t played much football recently, and that’s what he does – get in those positions,” the Hammers skipper told the club’s official website.

“I hope there’s lots more to come, he’s a great finisher as we know. The way Manu and Marko have been playing, obviously the manager has had to stick with them, but he’s come on and scored a very important goal for us.”

Worryingly for West Ham, Lanzini picked up a knock in the game against Bournemouth and now will be assessed to see the extent of the damage.

Despite the transfer speculation linking Hernandez with a possible move, the Argentine’s injury could well afford him a run in the side.

West Ham need to bring in recruits this month but the club should think twice before looking to offload the Mexican to raise funds – as his predatory ability to score goals was on show on Saturday.

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