With West Ham securing the services of star forward Javier Hernandez, with only a medical left to make that major signing official, it begs the important question: What will Chicharito’s jersey number be for the Hammers?
Now Hernandez’s favorite number is obviously his beloved #14. He has worn that number since rising for Liga MX giants Chivas Guadalajara, arguably the biggest and most supported club in Mexico.
The Little Pea was then fortunate of course to have the #14 jersey open at Manchester United, after his massive move to the Premier League titans.
After failing out of favor at United, Hernandez went on loan to Real Madrid 3 years ago to be Karim Benzema’s backup, and was able to have #14 be available after Xabi Alonso left Los Blancos for Bayern Munich.
But Hernandez’s days of wearing #14 every time he is on the field (for his country, he has always worn #14 in his 96 caps with Mexico) ended when he went to Bayer Leverkusen in 2015. With Swiss talent Admir Mehmedi already wearing #14 for the Bundesliga power, Hernandez had to take the numerical half of #14, showing how he is truly in love with the “family of 7’s.”
Now with both Pedro Obiang (#14) and Sofiane Feghouli (#7) occupying his jersey numbers, it will be intriguing to see what number Javier Hernandez chooses if he officially becomes a Hammer on Monday. Us at Brace the Hammer’s chat had a discussion on this curious question:
He can’t take #9, with Andy Carroll owning it. And then we remembered that he could neither get #11 (Robert Snodgrass) nor number #13 (Adrian) for the moment.
So will Obiang switch from #14 to allow Chicharito his favorite number? The Spanish midfielder loves the “double seven” number as well since starting out at Sampdoria, and it will be a shock if he suddenly decides to ditch it, no matter how much money Hernandez may offer him for it.
Will Feghouli stay with the Hammers for another season and not be transferred to Galatasaray, meaning that #7 is unoccupied for Chicharito as well? And will Snodgrass and Adrian remain as well and keep their numbers? Only time will tell.
But what is a guarantee is that the Hammers will have some number ready for their latest major signing.