West Ham supporters have been pretty disappointed in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side thumped 4-1 by Premier League champions Manchester City at the London Stadium on Sunday.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the Citizens off the back of a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in their previous league outing, and having seen third-bottom Southampton cut the gap on them to just three points after beating Bournemouth on Saturday. Yet the Hammers were unable to respond as goals from Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, and Fernandinho, alongside a Pablo Zabaleta own goal, secured a routine success for Pep Guardiola’s side, thus keeping West Ham firmly in relegation contention.
Subsequently, there have been many despondent and angry Hammers supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their team can bounce back when they travel to out-of-form Leicester City this weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident West Ham fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that their club are readying a £30 million move for Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater.
And while the England international would likely be a good addition to Moyes’ squad, they should forget about the midfielder and instead seek to lure his £36 million-rated Chelsea teammate Micky Batshuayi (as per Transfermarkt) to the London Stadium.
Ultimately, while the midfield ranks haven’t necessarily been at their best this term, the likes of Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang, and Mark Noble have all proven their worth in the Premier League during their respective stints at West Ham, whereas there are question marks over the striking department heading into next season.
Currently, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho, both of whom left the club in January, are sat third and fourth respectively in the Hammers’ goal-scoring charts this season, which underlines that further reinforcements are needed over the summer.
And with the futures of Andy Carroll, who was sent home from training earlier this week after a row with boss Moyes, and Javier Hernandez far from certain heading into the close season, the West Ham chief could well be short of genuine attacking talent come August.
As such, that is why Batshuayi would be a much better signing for the Hammers than teammate Drinkwater.
The Belgium international has indeed struggled at Chelsea since his move there back in 2016, but he still managed 19 goals in 53 appearances for the Blues, including netting the winning goal to seal the title against West Brom last season.
And given his lowly time on the pitch, his minutes per goal ratio stands at a staggering 93 minutes per goal, and he has continued to prove his worth this time round with nine goals in 14 games on loan at Borussia Dortmund.
Thus, it’s clear that, when on the pitch, the 24-year-old more often than not finds the back of the net, and in a West Ham side full of attacking talent and players who can create chances, the Belgian would surely be in his element.
So while Drinkwater would certainly add greater depth to the midfield ranks, Moyes may have a more pressing matter up top come August, which is why he’d be better served going after Chelsea teammate Batshuayi instead.
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