In West Ham United’s first transitional season to the London Stadium, it is safe to say it was a season to forget. With the side affected by the change of scenery and poor performances, the Hammers’ 11th place finish flatters the London club somewhat.
This poor season must be put down to the performances displayed from the West Ham players as well as two poor transfer windows from both Bilic and the board, and I believe a few adjustments are needed to take West Ham to the next level. Here are some ideas I have for transfer targets which Slaven Bilic should look into.
Joe Hart/Jordan Pickford
Goalkeeper is an area where West Ham have really suffered this season, with both Darren Randolph and Adrian having to be dropped at least once during the season following a run of poor games from them both. Two English shot-stoppers spring to mind when thinking of a new number one ‘keeper, these two are Joe Hart and Jordan Pickford. Hart is clearly unwanted at City and looks to be on the way out with Guardiola set to sign Benfica stopper Ederson for a world record fee. Hart is a player I rate very highly and someone I imagine the fans would instantly fall in love with. On the other hand, you have a young goalkeeper who has been a standout performer in a dismal Sunderland side, Pickford has undeniable talent and untold potential, however, my preferred signing of the two is Joe Hart.
The twenty-year-old striker has been short of chances at Manchester City since the arrival of Pep Guardiola but has always looked sharp and talented whenever given the opportunity. The Nigerian striker has no real track record of ‘big injuries’ or attitude problems which makes him much more of an attractive buy for the Hammers, especially with their track record of injuries with strikers such as Carroll and Diafra Sakho.
This signing is one that I would only make if we were to sell one of our current first team centre-halves, However, Sanchez is a talented centre back who has pace and strength in abundance, he has just had a fantastic season with a very young Ajax squad and has been one of the standout performers for the Dutch giants this season.
The English striker is another player who has been struggling for minutes this season under Jurgen Klopp with Origi and Firmino often preferred to the England international. Sturridge ran riot when he started against West Ham at the London stadium during a very convincing 4-0 win for Liverpool, his sheer pace and quality would make the West Ham faithful adore him almost instantly and is a player who I believe could take us to the next level.
Michy Batshuayi/Lucas Perez
Yet more strikers on the list, I’ve decided to name these two together as they are both in similar situations at their current clubs. With both of these goal scorers short of minutes last season there are multiple reports that they are both looking to jump ship. Michy and Perez are both similar players who have pace and fantastic finishing in abundance. Both players have played fantastically when given the opportunity and both would be an improvement on anything the Irons currently have up front.
Slaven Bilic has already added to last season’s squad by signing up free agent, Pablo Zabaleta.This calibre of signing is the type that all West Ham fans have been craving over the last year and it appears (with the names we’ve been linked with) that Slaven wants to keep bringing in quality players who will improve the first team rather than generally bulk out the squad.