West Ham are by no means favorites for relegation this season, but they are just four points off the drop zone, despite losing just once since Boxing Day. Shows how tough the battle for Premier League survival is this term.
Only the top nine teams on the log are assured of holding on to their EPL status come May, and the proverbial 40 points needed to guarantee safety, might not even be enough for 30-point West Ham and Co.
However, the Hammers boast of quality experience within their squad, most especially in the ex-Manchester United duo of Patrice Evra and Javier Hernandez.
Evra recently arrived to London Stadium as a free agent to reunite with manager David Moyes, and while he’s yet to make his debut, his valuable topflight wherewithal, alongside Chicharito’s, is bound to come handy for West Ham.
The duo has 7 Premier League medals and 14 full seasons between them, with Evra playing 273 games and Chicharito 103 within that period.
The French legend won’t only be providing valuable backup and cover for the West Ham defence, he will also serve as inspiration and mentor to the young defenders within the squad.
At the other end, Chicharito has already supplied 7 Premier League goals in 15 starts, and with the injured Andy Carroll set to spend a lengthy time on the sidelines, the Mexican is set to be handed more playing opportunities.
The 29-year-old has weighed in 3 goals in his last 5 games, and his new-found form could help West Ham quickly reach safety with just 11 games to go.
Going forward, the Hammers can be further boosted with the presence of the duo next season, as they look to establish themselves at the top half of the table all over again. Evra and Chicharito provide top quality in the short-term, and West Ham can be rest assured of escaping relegation this term.