A disappointing campaign has been witnessed at the London Stadium this season, with Hammers fans in the Transfer Tavern becoming frustrated with the way the club has been run. Off the back of another woeful 4-1 hammering by Manchester City, Andy Carroll had a fall out with boss David Moyes after being an unused sub.
The 29-year-old has struggled consistently with injuries since moving to London from Liverpool in 2013 only making 126 appearances in six seasons scoring a lowly 33 goals. Despite only playing 16 games this season he has scored vital goals for the Hammers in their quest for survival against relegation rivals Stoke and West Brom in the dying moments.
Despite Carroll being unplayable when fully fit, it is not very often that it happens and after his latest spat with Moyes, it seems his days in London could be numbered. Mix this with the other 41 strikers that have been brought to West Ham since the David Gold and Sullivan era, with a handful of the only making an impact it goes to show they are in desperate need of a goalscorer.
With that being said here’s a look at three strikers West Ham should look at this summer, to fire them back up the table and end their goalscoring woes….
A prolific goalscoring who has proven his worth in the Bundesliga, Premier League and Serie A as well as the Champions League. A two-time Premier League winner with Manchester City the Bosnian scored 50 goals in 130 games for the Citizens before moving onto Roma.
He was subject to a bid from Chelsea in January but rejected the opportunity to return to England because of doubts over regular football, which is something that will be definitely offered if he was to move to the London Stadium. After scoring 39 goals in 51 games last season for Roma, he has followed up those impressive stats this campaign with 24 goals in 46 games.
With the 32-year-old rated at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, he is definitely someone West Ham should look at to fill the goalscoring void that is apparent at the London Stadium.
A player whose talents were recognised when he made the move to Liverpool from Burnley in 2015, Danny Ings is finally back to full fitness after successive knee injuries kept him out for over two years. After moving to Anfield following an impressive debut season in the Premier League scoring 11 goals in 35 games for the Clarets as they maintained their top-flight status.
A call-up to the England set-up followed where Ings made his debut against Lithuania before suffering his heartbreaking successive knee injuries. A return to fitness this season has shown flashes of the Ings of old featuring 13 times scoring once in his sides 2-2 draw with West Brom.
However, with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all in stupendous form chances for the former Bournemouth marksman seem few and far between, with the 25-year-old subject to interest from Newcastle in the January transfer window. With time on his side and his injury problems behind him, Ings could well be on his way out of Merseyside and a move to the London Stadium would suit him well and give him the chance of regular football.
A somewhat unknown quantity before this season, Gerard Moreno has made a reputation for himself this campaign following his sparkling form for Espanyol in La Liga. However, since recording his best season to date 18 goals in 41 games for a side who are in the bottom half of the table, suitors must have had their eyes on the Spaniard.
After making the breakthrough into the Villarreal first team in 2014, the 26-year-old was sold to the Catalan based club in 2015 for a measly £1.35m. Following his recent form, that figure is looking like a steal with Spain boss Julian Lopetegui seemingly casting his eye on Moreno over a possible selection at this summer’s World Cup.
Now priced at fairly big money, it would be a gamble for West Ham to take a punt on a player following the back of one good season, but with the likes of Javier Hernandez, Carroll and Antonio all struggling for fitness and form this term something needs to change at the London Stadium.
West Ham fans let us know who you would prefer or if you’d stick with Carroll next season….
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