Nobody could have predicted the season that West Ham have had under Manuel Pellegrini. Inconsistency has been a big problem for the Hammers, and that was best highlighted when they faced Cardiff City last weekend. Coming off the back of a strong performance against Newcastle, another good display was needed.
However, that isn’t what Pellegrini got. Instead, he had to sit through the same lifeless display that he’s seen on more than one occasion this term.
It’s clear, at this point, that improvement is needed at West Ham. The team have improved under Pellegrini, but he can only take that so far. He needs new players, and that’s why talk of a move for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez is so exciting.
Indeed, according to the Mirror, the Hammers are set to move for him again this summer after a failed January move, and given his current side’s perilous situation – in which they’re well in with a chance of being relegated – his relegation release clause could make him as much as £20 million cheaper than he was in January.
In January, this was a deal that made perfect sense for West Ham. They lacked attacking depth, and at that stage, there was too much of a reliance on Marko Arnautovic going forward. Add in the struggles of players like Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll, and it’s clear that West Ham could do with an extra body up top.
In Gomez, they’d have a lethal forward, as highlighted by the 9 league goals he’s bagged this year, but also a fantastic overall player. He’s got good technical ability, he can hold up the ball well, and he’s a fantastic finisher. Not to mention, at a whopping 6ft1, his physicality and aerial prowess would make him perfect for the Premier League
Value-wise, the deal makes sense too. To nab a player of his quality for just £22 million, which the Mirror note is possible if Celta Vigo are relegated, West Ham will be laughing all the way to the bank. That will leave room in the budget for even more signings, and that’s what the Hammers need.
This move ticks all the boxes for West Ham.