West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been using the last few days to take a look back at their side’s ultimately underwhelming campaign to date, and indeed look forward to what could be in store between now and the end of the season.
The East London outfit began the 2017/18 season in high hopes after a summer of shrewd activity, what with Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic making the move to the London Stadium as Slaven Bilic’s side eyed an improvement on last year’s 11th place finish. Yet the Croat lost his job early in the campaign to be replaced by David Moyes, who has somewhat steadied the ship, although they are not yet out of the relegation mire with five games of the campaign remaining.
Nonetheless, several of our resident Hammers fans are confident that their team will indeed beat the drop this season, thus setting them up for a pivotal summer in which they simply must invest to make sure they are not in the same predicament next time round.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for those West Ham supporters lining up at the bar to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that striker Jordan Hugill could be let go this summer, despite only signing for the club in January.
Yet there’s only one attacker who the East London club should be getting rid of this summer, namely England international Andy Carroll.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old has been injury-prone throughout his time at West Ham, with just 129 appearances to show for his six-season stay in the capital, which equates to an average of 21 appearances a campaign.
And while there is little doubting the influence that the Englishman has on this Hammers team when he is indeed fit, he just isn’t fit regularly enough to be relied upon, and with just a year left on his current deal at West Ham, the club’s hierarchy should be looking to offload him this summer as opposed to Hugill.
Fellow attacker Hugill joined the Hammers back in the January transfer window from Championship side Preston North End, yet he has since commanded just three Premier League appearances for the Hammers, which total a mere 22 minutes.
Thus, the 25-year-old has hardly had a chance to really prove his credentials to Moyes and indeed the West Ham faithful, but the fact he has been on the bench in all seven of their league games since his arrival suggests that he is at least a part of their plans.
As such, while Hugill maybe hasn’t quite adapted to Premier League life as quickly as the Hammers would have hoped, they still spent £10 million on the Englishman in January, and should seek to back him ahead of the new season.
They should forget about sanctioning his departure during the summer, as there’s only one attacker who should be let go by the Hammers during the close season, and that’s injury-prone striker Carroll.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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