Rome(-lu) Wasn’t Built In A Day, But Hernandez Is Heading Hammers Way!

By on July 29, 2017

The past and present of Manchester United have resurfaced this transfer window as Premier League rivals West Ham United sign former United fans favorite forward Javier Hernandez and new Red Devils’ striker Romelu Lukaku impresses with goals in pre-season fixtures against Real Salt Lake and Manchester City in their US tour:

£16million Fee for the Little Pea!

Fan favorite Javier Hernandez is returning to the Premier League. West Ham have paid a £16 million fee for the Mexican forward as the Hammers add the all-time top Mexico goal-scorer to the previous signings of Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic. Slaven Bilic’s side have recruited three recent Premier League title winners this summer, as Hart and Zabaleta lifted the trophy with Man City (2012, 2014) and Hernandez held aloft the silverware with Man Utd (2011, 2013). Hernandez was one of my favourite Premier League players during his sick spell at United between 2010 and 2015, with the goals he got for the Red Devils in his first couple of years at the club.

Chicharito could make his debut against his former side in the first weekend of the new 2017/18 season, as West Ham go to Old Trafford in a couple of weeks time at the start of the league campaign. The 29-year-old has signed a three-year deal at the London Stadium, after the East London club tried to buy him two years ago, but Bayer Leverkusen got in there first. Hernandez, who featured for his Central American country at the 2017 Confederations Cup, bagged 59 goals in 156 appearances for Man. United and netted 39 times in 76 matches for the Bundesliga club. The ‘Little Pea’ could partner Arnautovic, who signed a five-year deal for a fee of £20million, which could rise to £25million from Stoke City. I will look forward to seeing the Mexican’s smile again, even if it is in claret and blue, rather than red!

West Ham potential Starting XI for 2017/18:

GK: Joe Hart
RB: Pablo Zabaleta
CB: Jose Fonte
CB: Winston Reid (vice-captain)
LB: Aaron Cresswell
RWF: Michail Antonio
CMF: Mark Noble (captain)
CMF: Pedro Obiang
LWF: Manuel Lanzini
AMF: Marko Arnautovic
ST: Javier Hernandez

Mourinho: Masters of Lukaku

There is nothing square about Jose Mourinho’s latest signing at Manchester United in striker Romelu Lukaku, but – having now managed the big Belgian twice – I reckon former Chelsea boss Mourinho has presently become the Master of Lukaku. Last season, Master Jose had the Red Ninja under his guidance in Swede striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but now – like the ninjas of ‘NinjaGo: Masters of Spinjitzu’ – he must first conquer the summer transfer window ‘Great Devourer’ of top players in Manchester City, lead by Lord Guardiola (Lord Garmadon).

‘Mourinho: Masters of Lukaku’ theme song:

The Weekend Whip/The Weekend Win:

‘Jump up, play mind games and win
Then jump down the touchline again
Jose-Goal! Jose-Goal!
Come on, come on – Jose’s gonna do it again, he just
Jump up play mind games and win
Then jump down the touchline again
Jose-Goal! Jose-Goal!
Come on, come on and do the weekend win!

By Richard Lewis feat. The Fold.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ed Schipul via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

About Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis can relate almost anything to football and quite often does! You may have seen Richard's previous ideas and work in the BBC Match of the Day Magazine, from 2011 to present. He is a Manchester United and England fan, but has gone to see Leyton Orient play with his O's season ticket in the 2013/14 campaign. Aside from football, Richard has written articles on Doctor Who and studies English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster. Aspiring sports journalist.
  • Alex Ingland

    Richard, where to begin… The exclamation marks, you’ve ruined some perfectly good puns with your over enthusiasm. The song wasn’t necessary and “Master of Lukaku,” actually you get off the hook with “Lord Gardamon,” that was good.