Former West Ham star Stan Lazaridis has backed Javier Hernandez to display his Mexico form at club level next season after an underwhelming start to life at the Premier League club.
Hernandez joined the Hammers from Bayer Leverkusen last summer in a deal worth £16 million (€18m/$21m), scoring eight goals in 33 games in what has proved a frustrating period under David Moyes.
However, Chicharito’s form at international level has outshone that of his new club with the former Manchester United forward now on 49 goals in 103 Mexico caps, marking himself as the all-time leading scorer for his country.
Lazaridis, who played for the East London club between 1995-1999, says that Hernandez’s time at the London Stadium has failed to inspire but insists the Hammers should not be looking to get rid of the 30-year-old just yet.
“You’ve got to remember certain players perform better [in their national team],” Lazaridis told Goal and Omnisport. “The Mexico team are all in sync and I just feel with Hernandez he wasn’t quite clicking with his midfielders and strikers.
“He’s a good player, I just felt that cohesion didn’t quite work whereas in Mexico they’re all instinctive and all knew where they were – they were really good and surprised me.
“I would persevere with Hernandez because he’s something different that the Hammers don’t have and until you get someone different it would be the only time I’d let him go.”
Lazaridis earned 60 caps for the Australia national team and was a regular for the Socceroos whilst on the books of West Ham.