With Andy Carroll departing, Javier Hernandez linked away and an insider telling the Daily Star back in May that West Ham United were keen on three strikers, it does seem as if the forward line is due some work this summer.
Recent signing Pablo Fornals was described by former Hammer Dean Ashton as a ‘striker’s dream’ so perhaps the club now need a dynamic frontman to thrive. With that in mind and according to the Daily Star, Manuel Pellegrini’s side recently had a bid rejected for Salomon Rondon, who, in our minds, would be the perfect target man.
Looking back at his terrific work in saving Newcastle United from relegation last season, he netted 11 goals and assisted 7 (stats from Transfermarkt), contributing towards almost half of the Magpies’ 42 top-flight goals. Hailed by Jermaine Jenas in May (via HITC), for his positional sense and ability to integrate his team-mates, it’s clear that the Venezuelan can successfully lead a line in the Premier League.
Having worked with Manuel Pellegrini before at Malaga, for whom he bagged 24 goals in 65 games, it does appear to be a natural fit, so it’s not hard to argue that West Ham should up their offer.
Rondon could replace the physical threat Andy Carroll (when fit, of course) had, as well as acting as a target man for the likes of Fornals and Felipe Anderson as he did for Ayoze Perez and Miguel Almiron last season.
In terms of the physical threat, the West Brom ace won 4.6 aerial duels per 90 mins of action last season (via WhoScored) which actually beats Carroll’s 3.8 average and Perez even talked up his ability to assist others when talking to the Chronicle about his former teammate in May.
“If he gets the chance to give me a goal, he’ll do it”, said the Spaniard.
Only Marko Arnautovic and the aforementioned Anderson hit double figures last season, after all, so there is certainly scope for an improvement in the striking department. Whether it be through bagging goals himself or setting up strikes for others, Rondon looks as if he could bring that.
Simply put, West Ham should up their reported offer.
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