West Ham United manager David Moyes has cooled talk of striker Javier Hernandez leaving the club this month after claiming that he is too short of players to allow anyone to depart.
The Mexican has been heavily linked with a transfer after an underwhelming start to life in East London since joining from Bayer Leverkusen over the summer.
However, he bagged the equaliser in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Bournemouth on Saturday and his boss feels that he has more to offer as the season heads towards its climax.
“Well, Chicharito [Hernandez], there has been speculation about him but there has been speculation about Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho – there’s been speculation about every man and their dog here,” Moyes said after the clash with the Cherries, as reported by the Evening Standard.
“As far as I am concerned you can look at my bench today and say ‘if there’s one club that doesn’t need to lose any players it is West Ham’, because of the numbers – we’re so short,” he continued.
“Actually, if there’s one place we are actually quite big is the centre forwards, we have four or five but suddenly we’ve got injuries to some of them and because of that then we’re really short.
“We needed Chicharito, I think the sort of goal he got today might be typical, so we need to try and get a lot more balls in the box and hopefully he’s going to score a lot more for us in the coming weeks and months.”
Hernandez’s goal was his first for the club since he netted in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October and his fifth overall since arriving in July.
He reacted first in the box after Marko Arnautovic’s effort was blocked to slide the ball past Asmir Begovic, just a matter of seconds after Ryan Fraser had given the away side the lead.
The Mexico international has been disappointing in his Hammers career to date but the strike was a clear demonstration of where his talents lie.
Hernandez has always been a natural finisher and his ability to pop up in the right place at the right time in the penalty area could prove pivotal as Moyes seeks the points needed to retain West Ham’s top-flight status.
Next up for the Irons is an FA Cup trip to Wigan Athletic, before they round off January with a midweek clash against Crystal Palace at the London Stadium.