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West Ham: Hammers interested in Valencia’s Rodrigo

West Ham: Hammers interested in Valencia’s Rodrigo

With Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez all having left West Ham United and Javier Hernandez admitting his future could lie away from the club this summer, the striking department has been talked about for much of the transfer window. 

According to a report by Las Provincias, Rodrigo is now believed to be a person of interest for the Hammers, as well as Everton, as Manuel Pellegrini continues to look for attacking options.

Rodrigo is certainly a new name to have appeared on the rumoured wishlist of West Ham this summer, but it is one that might not be as exciting as first thought when looking at his career statistics.

A full Spanish international, the 28-year-old might have helped Valencia obtain Champions League football last season, however, his goal record is something that leaves plenty to be desired and arguably is not something that would benefit the Hammers moving forward.

According to Transfermarkt, Rodrigo managed to find the back of the net just 15 times in 51 matches across all competitions, with just eight of those in La Liga. Admittedly, he was a lot better the year before, as he managed to score 19 goals in 44 appearances, but only managed to hit five in 19 in the 2016/17 campaign though an ankle injury may explain that.

Still, those statistics would suggest the Spaniard has the tendency to blow hot and cold and that is simply something West Ham cannot afford next year, especially with top-scorer Arnautovic having left the London Stadium.

There would be an argument that he could replace the Austrian with his style of play, as WhoScored detail his traits to be as someone who can hold the ball up for his fellow team-mates, however, he would appear to be a better wide option than someone who could be a focal point of an attack, as his versatility would seem to suggest.

Rodrigo is said to like crossing the ball, cutting inside, laying off the ball and shooting from distance. West Ham, arguably, will be more in need of a striker who likes to sit in the penalty box and pounce on any opportunities that present themselves, considering the fact their top scorer only scored 11 goals last season in the Premier League and has since departed.

Valued at £45million (Transfermarkt), it would be interesting to see if the Hammers look to bring the attacker back to England nine years after a loan spell with Bolton Wanderers, but, perhaps, Pellegrini’s side could do a little better this summer when looking for the man to take their attack to the next level.

West Ham fans, what are your thoughts on Rodrigo? Is he the man to spearhead your attack or do you think you can do better than him? Let us know your thoughts below…

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