Javier Hernandez has been discussing the prospect of making his West Ham United debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 13.
The Mexican international was sold to Bayer Leverkusen for just £7.3m back in 2015 after failing to impress Louis van Gaal, despite being a fans’ favourite.
He went on to claim 26 goals in his first season with the German side and has now joined West Ham for a fee of around £16m.
And Hernandez, when asked about returning to Old Trafford, was unable to conceal his excitement at the prospect of playing in the Premier League again.
“I think I will be a little bit more excited than my team-mates to be back at Old Trafford,” he said.
“To start the season with my new team there is important and I will be happy to be there.
“I was desperate to come back to the best league in the world. It will help me a lot to improve as a player and person. We want to fight to aim for the Europa competitions.”
Any United supporter will naturally equate Hernandez’s return to Old Trafford with an inevitable goal – probably a short range, front post header that you barely even see until it’s happened, followed by that swirling feeling of dread not too dissimilar to when Danny Welbeck scored in the FA Cup. This is something that, at least to me, feels like it just has to happen.
But this is just a gut feeling. The numbers suggest something quite different. Since Sir Alex Ferguson‘s retirement, for example, Hernandez has averaged just 10 goals a season, managing just four goals in his last 23 appearances.
Moreover, he is now 29 and will come to the Premier League following a difficult campaign with Leverkusen. Nobody can really know which Hernandez turns up when the two sides meet in less than three weeks time.