The West Ham United supporters are feeling apprehensive in the Transfer Tavern ahead of an enormous few weeks at The London Stadium…
After initially doing brilliantly to steer The Hammers in the right direction during the early stages of his tenure at the club, David Moyes has seen his side slide back into the midst of a relegation battle in recent weeks following a poor run in the Premier League.
Moyes’ reputation has taken a substantial blow from the moment he stepped into the hot-seat at Manchester United in 2013, but he could be about to face his most crushing disappointment to date if he fails to keep West Ham in the top-flight this season. However, it only takes one positive result to shift the mood and momentum at a football club.
West Ham should have enough about them to stay up this season considering the level of quality they have within their squad, and if they do manage to achieve their ultimate aim they will need to be ambitious with their summer acquisitions in order to catalyse a significant improvement next season. In forward positions, Andy Carroll has continued to struggle with injury this season, whilst Javier Hernandez has found himself isolated when he has been handed an opportunity to impress this season.
With no other natural strikers to chose from, Moyes has been forced to deploy Marko Arnautovic up-front on plenty of occasions during his tenure, so clearly that’s an area which needs improving in the summer. With that to consider, The Irons should make an ambitious move for Chelsea’s Michy Bathsuayi (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt) at the end of the season.
Batshuayi was hardly given a chance under Antonio Conte at Chelsea, but since moving to Borussia Dortmund in January the Belgian international has taken the Bundesliga by storm. In 7 appearances Batshuayi has netted 6 goals and provided an assist, which goes to show the success he can find when he is trusted at the focal point of the attack.
What Batshuayi needs is a manger who is willing to show trust and confidence in his abilities and give him a consistent run of starts in the first-team. West Ham would be able to provide him with that considering their lack of attacking options, and his ability would undoubtedly enable them to finish inside the top-half next season.
A move for Batshuayi would be both ambitious and financially draining, but the rewards of securing his services would far outweigh the costs, so they should do everything they can to sign him in the summer.
They can’t afford a repeat of last summer, and so a major signing like Batshuayi would go a long way to turning their fortunes around.
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