West Ham United need a striker. That is something that is quite clearly obvious and, unfortunately for the Hammers, something that has been as clear as day for as long as anybody at the club cares to remember for.
Imagine where the Irons could be if they did have a centre-forward that was able to find the back of the net on a regular basis. Manuel Pellegrini’s side would surely be pushing for a place within European football on a consistent basis and would no longer have to be considered a side that would flirt with relegation as they have done in recent seasons.
Although goalscorers can sometimes be in limited supply as clubs are never too keen on losing their prized assets, that does not mean West Ham should head into the market blindly and pick up anyone they deem suitable to take them to the next level.
Andrej Kramaric is just one of those players who, unfortunately, could fit into that category. The Croatia international has recently been linked with a switch to the London Stadium by Calciomercato after an impressive campaign with Hoffenheim.
Admittedly, it is hard to look past his exploits for the Bundesliga outfit this season, as the 27-year-old has been in fine scoring form as he has 15 goals in his 25 appearances so far, however, the German top-flight is a little different to England’s top league.
And, Kramaric’s time in the Premier League does not make for pretty reading. Once of Leicester City, the forward had a largely forgettable spell and managed to only find the back of the net twice in his 15 appearances for the Foxes.
Yes, that was before he appeared to find his feet and become a hero at Hoffenheim and he could be looking to head back to England and prove a point, however, it would have to be considered a risk to bring the £31.5million-rated striker (per Transfermarkt) to the London Stadium.
You could say that he has vastly improved and honed his skills with the experience he has gained from playing regular football in Germany, however, would Kramaric fit in the system that Pellegrini likes to play?
With just one forward utilised more often than not, he could find himself rather isolated in the penalty area and although he has the strength to fight off his opponents, his aerial ability can leave plenty to be desired at times.
West Ham fans, what do you think about Kramaric? Do you think he would thrive or it is best the club avoid him? Share your thoughts with us below.
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