Legendary West Ham striker Tony Cottee believes the Irons have no option but to play two up front if they want to see the best out of summer signing Javier Hernandez.
The Mexican striker has scored four goals in 10 top flight appearances since his summer move from Bayer Leverkusen but there have been reports – denied by the player – that the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker is unsettled at the club because of seeming uncertainty over where he best fits in.
In an exclusive interview, Cottee told Blowing Bubbles Monthly: “With respect to him, Chicharito isn’t going to get the ball on the halfway line, beat five players and smash it in the top corner – he isn’t that type of player.
“He’s got goals so far this season but he hasn’t really had that many chances, and if we don’t give him more opportunities the sad truth is he isn’t going to score that many goals.”
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If it hasn’t become obvious by now, then of course Chicharito should be chaperoned up front.
For the Liverpool game, I’d suggest using Ayew, with Lanzini in reasonable proximity as our most advanced central midfielder (in a wide 3-5-2 formation designed to tackle a predicted narrow 4-3-3 Liverpool structure).
That said, I fear that Slav may be encouraged (why, I don’t know), to use his favorite man, Andy Carroll. I’d sooner see Martinez than AC, but this won’t occur either.
Agree think 3-5-2 is must w Ayrw & Chic.
Chic will score if we van get him yo ball he will finish.
In Palace game when we had that one string of good linkup from Mid to ayew to Cress to Chichanit looked greatb& hebfiniahed 1 touch side boot. That’s why we got him to finish but needs service & does best w 2.
Tho I think he could work in a 4-3-3 it would have to be an interchangeable front 3 w with gets attackers who can service & score work together & start from mid .
But on form Ayew Chic & I would have Obiang in this game use AC as sub