JAVIER HER NANDEZ
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.