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Struggling strikers the real problem for West Ham United

Struggling strikers the real problem for West Ham United

West Ham currently sit 10th in the Premier League this season with 33 points after 26 games.

After a busy summer transfer window, West Ham fans would feel that this is a season where they can push for a solid top ten finish.

However, the London Stadium has seen a few players not perform up to their best standards as of late which has provided a dip in form with only 1 win in their last 5 Premier League games. Indeed, that’s not good enough considering their summer outlay and while the club is getting to grips with its Manuel Pellegrini era, a few individuals haven’t helped things along in the slightest.

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at two of them.

Lucas Perez

Signed in the summer Lucas Perez was looking to be one of the main features under Pellegrini and help the striking force of West Ham. However with a poor start to the season when given the chance, the Spanish forward has struggled to even get into many of the manager’s matchday squads.

Scoring his only 2 Premier League goals this season against Cardiff on the 4th of December, Perez really hasn’t contributed enough goals for The Hammers and hasn’t given Pellegrini any idea as to why he signed him in the summer.

Marko Arnautovic

Marko Arnautovic was a saving grace for Manuel Pellegrini at the start of the season however as of late his form has slipped and his performances have been well below what is expected of him.

Early form for Arnautovic saw the Austrian bag 5 goals and an assist in his first 9 appearances. He was the first name on the team sheet until the run-up to the January transfer window, at that point, the striker looked to have had his head turned due to interest from the Chinese Super League. In that time Arnautovic has only managed 2 goals in the last 6 games and didn’t even manage to make the squad in a 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth, he has been a shadow of his early season self.

With the transfer window now over and the second half of season well underway, West Ham fans will hope that their big #7 can reach his full potential and get back to contributing in order to finish in the top half of the table. However, with the window shut there is no way out for the struggling Perez and he will have to try and play his way back to popularity within the London Stadium.

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