The West Ham United supporters have been in positive spirits in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s recent results in the Premier League.
The Hammers went into the recent international break on the back of a dismal home defeat against Burnley which was marred by crowd trouble both in the stands and on the field of play. But David Moyes’ side have restored harmony and hope back into a club which was teetering on the edge of a full blown crisis after their defeat against the Clarets.
A huge 3-0 victory in a six-pointer clash against their fellow-relegation rivals Southampton followed by a a gutsy 1-1 draw against Chelsea last weekend has moved West Ham 6-points clear of the relegation zone with 6 fixtures left to play. Their position looks much healthier than it did prior to the international break, but there is still plenty of work to be done to ensure they retain their Premier League status this year.
However, recent reports from German media outlet Bild (via The Sun) suggest that the hierarchy at West Ham are already looking ahead to the summer transfer window by taking an interest in Borussia Dortmund’s play-maker, namely Shinji Kagawa (valued at £11.7 million by Transfermarkt).
Kagawa’s failure to make his mark in the Premier League during his spell with Manchester United is a rather concerning point to consider for Irons, but considering how successful he has been in the Bundesliga, it’s fair to say he deserves a second chance in English football.
The Japanese international’s arrival would provide Moyes with an extra option in attacking midfield to support the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini who typically provide the majority of West Ham’s flair in the final-third. Kagawa’s creative guile and ability to carve open defences with his intelligent range of passing and neat dribbling would also increase the number of opportunities for Javier Hernandez to find the back of the net, so his purchase should be considered something of a necessity this summer.
Hernandez is a poacher with an excellent goal-scoring record in European football, but since arriving at the London Stadium from Bayer Leverkusen last summer he has only managed to score 8 goals from 30 appearances in all-competitions. His record is far from abysmal, but a striker of his goal-scoring prestige could easily boast a better return if the players around him were providing him with plenty of good opportunities inside the penalty area.
That has not happened as regularly as Hernandez would have liked this season, however, Kagawa’s introduction at the club would undoubtedly turn West Ham into a more potent attacking threat and thus enable Hernandez to improve on his current goal-scoring record next season.
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