With Andy Carroll on the way out after six years at West Ham, the hunt is on for a new number nine at the east London side, and the search has so far been quite thorough.
A plethora of names have been linked with a move to the London Stadium, but one player who has stood out amongst the pack is Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, but with recent reports from the Evening Standard claiming that the England international is way out of West Ham’s price range, another attacker is likely going to have to fill the void in the Hammers’ XI, and a new name has already emerged.
According to Record via the Daily Star, Manuel Pellegrini has turned his attention to Porto striker Moussa Marega as the answer for West Ham’s striker problem, and with a reported price tag of £31 million, we believe the attacker could be an ideal plan B option for the Hammers.
For starters, the Mali international outscored Wilson last season in all competitions when comparing the two strikers goal tallies on Transfermarkt, with Marega hitting 21 goals and 11 assists compared to the Bournemouth attacker’s 15 goals and 10 assists.
As well as being more productive in front of goal, Marega is statistically better than Wilson when comparing the two strikers stats on WhoScored. The Porto man averages a higher shots per game ratio than his English counterpart at 3.2 to 2.2 as well as key passes at 1.2 to 1 per game.
A better goal and assist record, more reliable numbers per game and a lower price tag, Marega is a striker that West Ham should be seriously considering this summer, and the Hammers should swoop in quick before another side strikes first.
West Ham fans, would Marega be a good signing? Let us know!