Once again after a troubling season in front of goal, it looks like West Ham’s main target in the upcoming transfer window will be a striker.
The Hammers have struggled this season and a striker is still the main issue for Slaven Bilic. As the season draws to a close and the transfer window bears down on us there have been rumours.
Many of these rumours have suggested that the Hammers are once again interested in Belgian, Michy Batshuayi. Although he turned us down only last year he has failed to secure a spot in the first team at Chelsea and reportedly wants out. As many of you will know he recently scored the goal that secured Chelsea the Premier League title. However, surprisingly that is one of only three league goals. Batshuayi has made 19 appearances which may seem a lot however out of these he has only started once.
For a player of his calibre, this isn’t enough. It is understood that he is settled in London but may look for a move in the upcoming window.
Here we look at why West Ham should sign him.
Goals per minute ratio
Interestingly although he only has three Premier League goals Michy Batshuayi has an incredible goal per minute ratio. He has scored one goal in every 70 minutes he’s played. Top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku has scored one in 130 minutes and Tottenham striker, Harry Kane has scored one goal every 105 minutes. When he plays, he scores.
He’ll fit the system
Batshuayi will fit the system at West Ham. He likes to play as the focal point of the team and will thrive off of through balls from Lanzini and Noble. He offers a contrast to Andy Carroll as he bases his game around pace and movement rather than aerial ability. This may be a way to keep the ball on the floor more often.
He wants game time
He has really struggled at Chelsea this season. Conte doesn’t seem to trust the Belgian enough and at times he has played Pedro out of position up front rather than Batshuayi. To secure his place in the Belgium squad for next year’s World Cup Batshuayi will need game time and this may be on his mind as we go into the window.
He’s still young
Batshuayi is still only 23 years old. He has loads of time to develop and he would have a long time to become a West Ham cult hero if he chooses East London as his destination for next season