JAVIER HER NANDEZ

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Club: West Ham Fee: $27 mil­lion Po­si­tion: Striker Af­ter three years away, Chichar­ito is back in the Pre­mier League. “I have had three fan­tas­tic years play­ing in Spain and Ger­many – how­ever, England was re­ally the first big chap­ter in my ca­reer and I’m so happy to be back again,” the Mex­i­can goal ma­chine said af­ter his move to the Lon­don Sta­dium was of­fi­cially con­firmed near the end of July. The front­man hit the back of the net at an in­cred­i­ble rate dur­ing his four years at Old Traf­ford – once ev­ery 130 min­utes. But the big dif­fer­ence now, of course, is that the Ham­mers aren’t quite Manchester United. Lead­ing the line for a club who last term strug­gled to cre­ate many op­por­tu­ni­ties, let alone win games, will be an al­to­gether dif­fer­ent challenge to com­ing off the bench for a ti­tle-chas­ing side against a knack­ered op­po­si­tion back­line. Chichar­ito’s form for Bayer Lev­erkusen – 28 goals in just 54 Bun­desliga matches – is per­haps the more per­ti­nent statis­tic in this case, then. West Ham have be­come a bit of a grave­yard for strik­ers, though the early signs – in par­tic­u­lar his two poacher’s fin­ishes at Southamp­ton on Au­gust 19 – are en­cour­ag­ing.

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