West Ham striker Javier Hernandez was strongly linked with a move away from the east London last month, but injuries to the attacking lineup saw the club hold on to the Mexican.
The 29-year-old wanted to leave in search of regular playing time after falling down manager David Moyes’ pecking order, but has since experienced a change in fortune.
Chicharito has started and completed the last 3 games, the first time he has played for that long on a stretch for West Ham, and the significant increase delights the Mexican.
The former Manchester United goal poacher recently told ESPN Brasil: “I have played a lot more than I thought I would.
“In the past three matches, I have started and played the 90 minutes. I am very happy about it.
“If I have to go back on the bench because the manager decides that, obviously, I won’t been the happiest man in the world.
“But I must help my team and I must work to gain the manager’s trust.”
With Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio set to return to full fitness soon, Chicharito’s playing minutes are bound to decrease once again except he contributes a lot to the team’s attack in subsequent matchdays.
A return of a goal in 270 minutes wouldn’t have done much to convince the boss that the forward deserves regular playing time once he has every striking option available.
So, while Chicharito is happy with Moyes’ latest selection decision for now, one can only wonder how long it would last.