There’s a real need for further attacking depth at West Ham. The Hammers are lacking quality beyond Marko Arnautovic, especially given the poor spell that Javier Hernandez has had in England.
Given that Arnautovic is now 29-years-old, too, there is a sense that we need to get an injection of youth going forward.
Fortunately, we’re apparently open to that prospect, with Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports reporting that the Hammers are keen on Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi.
The Belgian’s had a tough season over at Valencia this term, but it’s clear that he’s a fantastic option. He was, of course, the player to score Chelsea’s title-winning goal against West Brom under Antonio Conte, and that’s a testament to his knack for scoring important goals.
More importantly, though, when he was finally given a regular starting berth – at Borussia Dortmund last season – he offered a remarkable goalscoring return, with 7 goals scored in just 9 league starts. Batshuayi – who is rated at £27 million by Transfer Markt – ran the channels fantastically, he offered great link-up play, and overall, he was just a fantastic option for a club that was looking to fill a huge gap given their sale of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He was also brilliant over in France, with a 17 league goal return eventually leading Chelsea to sign him. Whichever way you spin it, then, there’s no denying his ability.
Is he the complete forward? Certainly not, He’s got his flaws, but that doesn’t change anything – he could still be a good choice for West Ham. He knows where the net is, and that’s more than can be said of more than a few of our players in recent weeks.