According to a recent report from The Sun on Sunday (05/08; page 61), Leicester City and West Ham are interested in a late summer move for Paco Alcacer. The 24-year-old currently plays his football in La Liga with champions Barcelona but only has 50 senior appearances for show for his two years at the Nou Camp, a mere 22 of which have been starts.
And it appears that Claude Puel and Manuel Pellegrini are seeking to take advantage of his first team struggles by luring the striker to the Premier League, but the man himself should forget about the King Power Stadium, as he would be much better served opting for the London Stadium.
Ultimately, while Puel’s Foxes finished above the Hammers last season and as such may appear to be closer to the Premier League’s top six clubs, first team opportunities are unlikely to be overly forthcoming at Leicester given the current options available to the Frenchman.
Jamie Vardy is comfortably the number one striker at the King Power Stadium, and no wonder given he has reached the 20-goal mark in two of his last three seasons, while ex-Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho began to produce the goods late last term, and has enjoyed a fine pre-season to date with four goals in three games.
Thus, those two appear to be the front-runners for Puel’s starting role, and even were Iheanacho to play more as a number ten this term, as he did at times last season, Alcacer still isn’t going to dispose Vardy of the main striker’s role.
Whereas there does appear to be an opening under Pellegrini at West Ham, as other than Marko Arnautovic, who himself moved to the London Stadium as more of a winger, the striking options do appear to be lacking.
The likes of Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho left the club back in the January transfer window to leave Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez, and Jordan Hugill as the main out-and-out strikers, and with injuries decimating the former’s career, and uncertainty regarding the latter’s future, Pellegrini doesn’t have too many to choose from.
And that is why Alcacer appears to be much better served opting for West Ham over Leicester, not just because the investment at the London Stadium this summer suggests that the Hammers are moving towards something big, but because first team opportunities appear to be more forthcoming in the capital than in the Midlands.
And after a testing time at Barcelona, in which he has spent the best part of his two-year stint on the bench, first team football will surely be of paramount importance to the 24-year-old this summer.
As such, the £13.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) should forget about Leicester, and instead seek to make the move to West Ham this summer.
West Ham and Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!