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New West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini sees striker Javier Hernandez as a key player for the club, according to Claret and Hugh.

The Chilean head coach has been busy strengthening the squad he inherited from David Moyes this summer and has added a host of new players in attacking areas.

With Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko to add to West Ham’s options in the final third, it will be interesting to see the starting XI that Pellegrini picks when the Premier League returns.

However, the latest report suggests that the veteran trainer will use Hernandez in attack, with it suggesting that it is certain the Mexican will be a regular feature in the Irons side.

The 30-year-old joined West Ham from Bayer Leverkusen last summer in a deal that was seen as a coup by many of the London Stadium faithful.

However, Hernandez only started 16 Premier League games last season and was relegated to the role of substitute in the second half of the campaign as Marko Arnautovic led the line.

The Mexican clearly has the ability to score regularly for West Ham, but it will be up to Pellegrini to get the best from the predatory centre forward and those around him in 2018-19.

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