Javier Hernandez says that he is fully committed to West Ham United following rumours that he was set to leave the club in January.
The forward struggled for goals in the early stages of the season and lost his place in the side when David Moyes took over as manager in November.
However, a spate of injuries to attacking personnel has resulted in a recall for the Mexican and he is now determined to help the Hammers in the battle against relegation from the Premier League.
“I always try to be a professional and now my head is here 100%,” Hernandez told the club’s official website.
“I will dedicate myself 100% to this team as I had done in all the clubs I have been in, to save us from relegation, which is the goal that we all have, from the coach, the players, all the staff who work at the club, and then also the fans – we will do everything possible to do it.”
Hernandez admitted to The Mirror last week that he had asked for a move away from the London Stadium during the transfer window as he feared he would not get enough playing time ahead of this summer’s World Cup.
Interest in the 29-year-old was mooted from America and Turkey but having stayed put he is clearly determined to provide the goals to fire his team out of their current predicament.
He struck the equaliser from the bench against Bournemouth two weeks ago, won a penalty to secure a draw with Crystal Palace and scored again against Brighton & Hove Albion in a 3-1 defeat at the weekend.
A natural finisher, Hernandez has found the net regularly throughout his career but as the game has evolved teams are increasingly finding less use for a penalty-box predator.
Nonetheless, if Moyes can find a way to get the best out of the former Manchester United star then he could provide the goals necessary to avoid a fight to survive in the final weeks of the season.