West Ham supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side move five points of the Premier League’s relegation zone courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Southampton on Saturday.
David Moyes’ men went into their crunch six-pointer at the London Stadium having lost four of their preceding five league matches, a run of form which saw them slip to 17th place in the division prior to kick-off. Yet the Hammers have put some distance between themselves and the bottom three as a brace from Marko Arnautovic following Joao Mario’s opener sealed all three points for the East London outfit on Saturday, thus moving them five points clear of Mark Hughes’ Saints who currently occupy the final relegation spot.
As such, there have been several buoyant Hammers fans in the Tavern in the last few days, many of whom are hoping Saturday’s victory can be the catalyst for a run of form that pulls them clear of the relegation mire for good.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident West Ham fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking Aston Villa, amongst others, with a move for Saints striker Charlie Austin this summer were Southampton to get relegated.
Yet the £10.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) should forget about a move to the Villans during the close season, as West Ham would be a better destination for the 28-year-old.
Ultimately, the Englishman is a very prolific goal-scorer at Premier League level having scored 18 goals in 35 appearances for Queens Park Rangers back in the 2014/15 campaign, as well as adding 13 in 38 league games for Southampton since his move there back in 2016.
Yes, injuries have certainly stunted his progress in recent times, but there is little doubting that when fit, the 28-year-old will score goals, reflected by the fact that he has managed six Premier League goals for the Saints this term in just 17 appearances.
And those sorts of numbers will be exactly what any team in the bottom half of the division will be looking for to take them to the next level next season, not least a West Ham side who have yet to see any of their frontmen reach double figures in the Premier League this term.
Javier Hernandez is the top-scoring striker with seven but his future is far from certain heading into the summer, Andy Carroll has bagged twice but he remains plagued by injuries, while Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho, currently third and fourth respectively in their goal-scoring charts, both left the club in January – that itself is indicative of their problems in the final third.
And with January signing Jordan Hugill failing to even play regularly let alone score regularly, it’s clear that the Hammers need further reinforcements upfront this summer to take them to the next level – Austin could be that man.
When fit, there aren’t many better goal-scorers in the bottom half of the Premier League than the 28-year-old, and while injuries will obviously be a concern, they can get a lot out of him when he’s fit and available – goals which could propel them up the division.
Villa are likely to be in a relegation battle were they to be promoted to the Premier League next season, while the Hammers are arguably a few players away from knocking on the door of the top ten once again.
As such, the Englishman should forget about a move to Villa Park, as West Ham appears to be the perfect destination for the 28-year-old.
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