West Ham supporters have been very despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team suffer a third successive Premier League defeat after going down 3-0 at home to Burnley on Saturday.
David Moyes’ men went into their meeting with the Lancashire-based outfit off the back of successive 4-1 losses at the hands of Liverpool and Swansea City, results which have seen them plummet towards the bottom three. And the Hammers are now just two places clear of the relegation zone as a Chris Wood double alongside an Ashley Barnes strike sealed the win for Sean Dyche’s Clarets, thus leaving Moyes’ West Ham just three points clear of danger.
As such, there have been many downbeat and frustrated Hammers fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are already turning their attentions towards their crucial relegation six-pointer against fellow strugglers Southampton in little over two weeks’ time.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Hammers fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Tottenham are willing to let unhappy striker Fernando Llorente leave this summer, a year after joining the North London outfit.
And with West Ham striker Andy Carroll continuing to struggle with injuries, the £7.2m-rated forward (as per Transfermarkt) could be the ideal man to replace the Englishman as a more reliable and dependable option up top.
Ultimately, 29-year-old Carroll has seen his career decimated by injuries, to the point that he has only actually featured 128 times for West Ham since moving to the East London club back in 2012, which equates to an average of just 21 appearances per season.
Simply, the England international cannot be relied upon to lead the line for the Hammers – good as he is, and indeed West Ham are, when he plays, he is too injury-prone for a club eyeing the next level in the coming years in their new stadium.
And that is why they must opt for Llorente this summer.
Yes, the Spaniard is 33 years of age and as such wouldn’t be a nod to the future, but he has managed a pretty impressive 16 goals in just 47 Premier League matches in his career, and played a significant part in keeping Swansea City in the top-flight last season.
Ultimately, Llorente will score goals at Premier League level, and with the attacking quality in Michail Antonio, Marko Arnautovic, and Manuel Lanzini, to name but a few, he’d get ample opportunities to score – just look at the partnership he struck up with Gylfi Sigurdsson in South Wales last term.
And a big aerial presence may also be exactly what Javier Hernandez needs to return to his best goal-scoring form, with it clear that the Mexico international is limited when leading the line on his own, and seemingly in need of a strong, powerful strike partner to get the best out of him.
Add it all together, alongside Spurs’ reportedly will to let Llorente leave, and it’s a deal the Hammers must seek to strike in the summer in a bid to replace injury-prone Carroll.
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