West Ham supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team take a huge step closer towards Premier League safety courtesy of a 3-0 success over Southampton on Saturday.
David Moyes’ men were in freefall prior to kick-off having lost four of their preceding five league games, thus leaving them just a place and two points clear of the Saints ahead of their meeting at the London Stadium. Yet the Hammers have now opened up a sizable gap to Mark Hughes’ side as a brace from Marko Arnautovic after Joao Mario’s opener secured a routine victory for the East London outfit, a result which propelled them up to 14th place in the Premier League table with just seven games to go.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Hammers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their side can build upon Saturday’s impressive victory when they travel to Chelsea on Sunday.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident West Ham fans to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is one of several Blues players whose future is far from certain heading into the summer.
And if Moyes’ men are seeking to push on next season and potentially challenge for European football, they simply must seek to land the £18 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) during the summer.
Ultimately, while the Hammers haven’t got the worst attack in the division, they certainly need more in that department, especially having sold Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho during the winter window, who even now sit third and fourth in their goal-scoring charts for the campaign.
And with Andy Carroll’s recurrent injury troubles continuing to plague his time in East London, and January signing Jordan Hugill struggling to even play let alone score, it’s clear that the Hammers have to strengthen the attacking third of the pitch to move to the next level next season.
And that is why they must look to Giroud as an answer to those problems.
Yes, the France international was often criticised, sometimes unfairly, during his time at Arsenal, but he still managed a mightily impressive 105 goals in 253 appearances for the Gunners, which equated to a goal every 153 minutes of action.
And given his strengths in dominating aerially and being able to hold the ball up to allow others into play, he is very similar to Carroll in that regard, and the Hammers often play some of their best stuff when the England international is fit enough to lead the line.
And with the 31-year-old having only a year left on his current Chelsea deal, the West London outfit could well listen to offers for the January signing during the summer – West Ham should thus seize the initiative and land the Frenchman if they are to push on to the next level next time round.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!