West Ham supporters have been pretty satisfied in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side extend their unbeaten Premier League run to six matches courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the Eagles having won two and drawn the other three of their preceding five league games, a run which has put some distance between themselves and the division’s bottom three. And the Hammers edged another point closer to safety by drawing with Roy Hodgson’s side, who did take the lead at the London Stadium through Christian Benteke only to be pegged back by Mark Noble’s penalty just before half time.
Subsequently, there have been many satisfied Hammers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom have been looking back and discussing their team’s efforts in the recent January transfer window, which shut at 11pm on Wednesday.
And reports on Thursday suggested that the East London outfit failed with a loan bid for Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, which is a move that may well come back to haunt Moyes’ side as the season wears on.
Ultimately, West Ham have managed just 31 goals in their 25 Premier League games so far this season, which is by no means the worst record in the division, but is one that needs improving post-January if they are to move up the division.
Javier Hernandez hasn’t had the desired impact since his move from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer; Andy Carroll looks set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines; while new recruit Jordan Hugill has never played at Premier League level before, and as such the jury is out on his capabilities.
Thus, it’s difficult to see where the goals are going to come from in the second half of the season, and while Calvert-Lewin hasn’t been hugely prolific at Everton this term, he has proven to be a hugely adept forward at this level, and as such would have added further strength to the Hammers frontline.
The 20-year-old has scored seven goals and laid on six assists in 36 games in all competitions for Everton this term, and the fact he has missed just two of their matches all season underlines how highly-rated he is at Goodison Park.
And while his goal numbers aren’t bringing down any trees, the England Under-20 World Cup winner has proven his ability as an all round forward this term, be it running in behind opposition defences or using his strength to hold the ball up – there’s a reason he was the Toffees’ main man for much of the first half of the season.
Cenk Tosun’s arrival has somewhat restricted him though in recent weeks, failing to start any of their last four Premier League games, which is likely why West Ham saw an opportunity to bring him to the London Stadium.
And, given what he has offered Everton throughout the campaign so far, and what he could likely have offered West Ham in the second half of the season, the Hammers may rue failing to land the £10.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) on deadline day.
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