Manuel Pellegrini is hoping Javier Hernandez is back to his best after scoring a brace in West Ham’s 3-0 win at Newcastle.
The Mexico international struck after 12 and 64 minutes before Felipe Anderson sealed a 3-0 victory – and just the Hammers’ second on Tyneside in 20 years – at the death.
Hernandez has had only limited involvement this season after being floored by a virus, but his performance at St James’ Park suggested he is ready to terrorise defences once again.
“If you review his career, Javier had played at Manchester United, at Real Madrid, at Bayer Leverkusen, in the national squad of Mexico, different countries and everywhere he has scored,” Pellegrini said.
“He’s had a career in which he was wanted by all the big teams and it’s because he has something different. I hope he will continue in the same way if he can have a normal season from now until the end of this one.”
Asked about the illness which had hampered the frontman in recent months, the manager added: “It was five weeks that he couldn’t move, he couldn’t work, not just one day.
“He came first from the World Cup without a holiday, without a pre-season and he started playing some minutes. “After that, he had that virus. In the last games, he has been playing 45 minutes, but he has recovered now his shape and I hope that he will continue scoring for our team.”