West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez has stated that new man Patrice Evra has the potential to be a ‘very important character’ for the Hammers given his experience and calibre in the world game.
The Irons pair played together at Manchester United, with the veteran left-back signing for David Moyes’ men this week on a free transfer.
Evra will provide cover for West Ham due to Arthur Masuaku being suspended and the French defender may even make his Premier League debut for the London club on Saturday against Watford.
Hernandez, who himself looks set to play against the Hornets given the injury concerns in Moyes’ squad, has lauded his team-mate and friend, stating he will be an important man for the Hammers.
“For me it’s great as we were very close at Manchester United,” the West Ham striker told the club’s official website.
“In football, everyone takes their own paths and mine took me to Spain and Germany and now I’ve come back to England, and he went to Italy and France and now he has come back.
“I’m very happy because he’s going to be a very important character and person inside the dressing room and, on the pitch, I know his fitness is always at the top level and he’s always been a top professional and worked very hard, so he will give us a boost.
“He has three or four more years to give at the top level of football. He has leadership, talent and professionalism, a lot of experience, a winning mentality and belief that you can achieve everything that you want, but obviously you need to work to get there.
“That’s why Patrice has had an unbelievable career so far and hopefully can give us his best, too, and help the team.”
Evra’s calibre in his pomp is undoubted, with the left-back having a massively successful club career across a number of countries and also at international level.
Moyes will hope that the veteran will have a positive influence on the West Ham squad, similar to that of Pablo Zabaleta since his move to the club in the summer.
It will be interesting to see the role Evra plays both against Watford and in the longer-term, with the Hammers having both Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell in the left-back position.