West Ham’s summer long pursuit of a striker could finally be coming to an end if they reach the holy grail (secure the signing of Carlos Bacca). The AC Milan forward has been the talk of the Hammers’ fans this summer. Fan boards, Twitter accounts and various ‘in-the-know’ journalists have been scouring his every move since the very first link and there is finally a chance that all of this will come to something with an £80,000-per-week deal having been offered to the 29-year-old.
Whilst Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll continue to frustrate all who are challenged with watching their various disappointing attempts to finish off attacks, Bacca is waiting in the wings. Waiting like some sort of striking goliath. He’s damn good, that’s for sure.
The real question when any new player arrives at a club, though, is what can they bring to the table? How much will they improve the club? Can they change the team’s fortunes?
Bacca sure can. Here are FIVE reasons why…
Carlos Bacca’s last three league seasons of goal scoring read like this: 18, 20, 14.
That’s prolific and that’s damn impressive. This was not playing with Mesut Ozil or Eden Hazard as a creator behind him, this was in – an admittedly strong – Sevilla side and in a drastically underperforming AC Milan team.
Bacca can find the net, that’s of no doubt, and he will surely fire West Ham in to European contention once again.
Sakho, Carroll and Valencia try hard, for sure, and they have provided the West Ham fans with some special moments over the past couple of seasons, yet they’re not the calibre of Bacca.
The Colombian forward has pushed his name in to contention with some of Europe’s best in the number nine role and that is a marked change for the Irons.
Can he run in behind? Yep.
Can he compete aerially? Sure can.
Will he miss chances? Nope.
Carlos Bacca has got it all. However you want to use him in your squad, Bacca will perform the role with energy and physical presence, it’s hard to imagine a more suited striker for West Ham.
Bacca’s brilliance will surely guarantee him a place in the Irons’ starting line-up from the moment of his arrival, but this is a squad with depth to challenge on multiple fronts. Many sides with Europa League football see their squad stretched to uncomfortable areas, yet it’s hard to see such an issue for the Hammers.
Even if Bacca was to suffer an injury, Andy Carroll can easily intimidate opponents and Bilic has shown previously he is not afraid to adapt his side’s approach.
Dimitri Payet, Sofiane Feghouli, Manuel Lanzini and Carlos Bacca. No, that’s not the front four of Atletico Madrid or Juventus, that could well be the attack that Slaven Bilic has at his disposal heading in to the new season.
It’s simply mouth-watering, isn’t it? Bacca will lead the line in a team dripping with attacking talent and it’s a pretty terrifying prospect for Premier League defences.
Could that attack break the financial monopoly at the summit of the Premier League?