West Ham supporters have been pretty satisfied in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side edge closer to Premier League safety courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Monday night.
David Moyes’ men have moved further away from the drop zone in recent times following a win over Southampton and a draw at Chelsea, yet were well aware that their hard work in those games would be undone were they to lose to Paul Lambert’s second-bottom Potters. And that very much looked on when Peter Crouch gave the visitors the lead deep into the second half, only for substitute Andy Carroll to brilliantly fire home an equaliser in the last minute to preserve a point for the Hammers.
Consequently, there have been many satisfied West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, what with their side moving seven points clear of the bottom three with just five games of the campaign remaining.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Hammers supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that they scouted Benfica striker Raul Jimenez in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Porto on Sunday.
And given his goal-scoring efforts for the Portuguese giants this season, as well as West Ham’s own concerns in that department, landing the £9 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer would help propel the East London club up the Premier League table next term.
Ultimately, while Moyes’ side haven’t got the worst goal-scoring record in the top-flight this season, it says a lot about their striking department when Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho, both of whom left the club in January, remain third and fourth in their goal-scoring charts.
And with the future of Javier Hernandez reportedly uncertain after his ultimately frustrating campaign at the London Stadium, and Andy Carroll too injury-prone to be relied upon over the course of a season, the Hammers could well be facing a striking crisis come the start of next season.
And given they are currently just seven points and three places clear of the relegation zone, they would without doubt be in a dogfight again next season if they don’t strengthen their attacking ranks.
And that is why they simply have to move for Jimenez.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a fine season for Benfica in netting eight goals and laying on six assists in all competitions – this all despite only starting three times for the Portuguese heavyweights in the Primeira Liga this season, one of which in defeat to Porto on Sunday.
But with all six of his league goals coming in 2018, the Mexico international is enjoying a rich vein of form and very much looks to be a handful, especially given he is strong and good aerially – he might even be able to convince compatriot Hernandez to remain at West Ham, and indeed get the best out of him next season.
Ultimately, Jimenez possesses many of the traits needed to be a successful forward in the Premier League, and in a West Ham side which should be eyeing more attacking talent over the summer in a bid to pull clear of relegation, he could be the ideal acquisition.
In fact, luring the Mexican star to the London Stadium would help propel the Hammers up the Premier League table next season.
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