West Ham have been linked with a host of attackers during this transfer window, as manager Manuel Pellegrini looks to strengthen his forward line. And the latest player the club are rumoured to be interested in signing for that area of the squad is Yannick Bolasie. According to a report from the Guardian, the Hammers are one potential suitor, although it’s hard to understand why.
Pellegrini, who has promised to deliver an attacking brand of football at the London Stadium, was always likely to target some forwards compatible to his philosophy – hence the pursuit of the technically gifted Javier Pastore and Felipe Anderson.
And now a long-term injury to Manuel Lanzini – a player that would’ve slotted into Pellegrini’s team nicely – means there’s even more of an urgency to sign a player in the attacking midfielder or winger mould.
However, the former Manchester City manager is going the wrong way about it by looking at Bolasie, who is valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, especially if he’s seen as some sort of budget alternative for Anderson with a deal for the Brazilian yet to be completed.
Bolasie, no doubt, is a fun player to watch; he can pull out a trick or skill from nowhere and absolutely humiliate the opposition in the process.
But his lack of consistency and unconvincing goal output is a worry. Pellegrini needs to bring someone in that can help ease the goalscoring pressure off Marko Arnautovic’s shoulder.
If Bolasie is coming in to give West Ham depth and perhaps replace a current member of the squad such as Antonio, for example, then he wouldn’t be the worst signing. However, one of the Hammers’ problems in recent transfer windows has been bringing in players who have made no improvement to their starting XI, and they run the risk of doing the same thing with Bolasie.
Before West Ham and Pellegrini look at players like Bolasie, they need to sign genuine quality that will improve the side, or else the club’s lofty ambitions will never be met.