Carlos Bacca has been persistently linked with West Ham this Summer, the AC Milan and Colombia forward seems to be the Hammers’ primary target and they seem determined to make him their new main man up top.
The South American striker has good experience from around Europe with both the Milan club and at Sevilla and evidently Slaven Bilic seems to think he is the man to fire the club successfully into Europe this season coming.
The Hammers are aiming to have both Europa League football and Premier League action to bring to their new home in the Olympic Stadium and as the club enter a new era plenty of names are expected to be linked aside from the Colombian.
Many seem to think Bacca is the perfect signing for West Ham as they look to improve on last season’s seventh place but with the new TV money as well as the club already being in good financial health surely they could do better in terms of who their marquee signing is?
So here are FIVE reasons why Carlos Bacca isn’t actually all that…
West Ham as a club are entering a new chapter but they want to sign a striker who is getting on in years, it doesn’t seem to make sense.
The Hammers should be using their European football prospects and their new stadium to attract some of the brightest young talents in the game but it appears they’re going to fork out for a player who doesn’t have long at the top left.
Bacca has played in both La Liga and Serie A but the Premier League is different. Of course La Liga at least is arguably a higher standard competition in terms of some of the biggest names but certainly loses ground when you consider some of the lesser sides in Spain. In the Premier League Bacca will face tough games every single week, is he going to be able to adapt quick enough?
Bacca very rarely uses the ball well unless he’s attempting a strike at goal and there’s no guarantees of success with that either. In the past that’s all you’d need from a striker – as long as he hit the net regularly nothing else mattered.
But now, with the way modern football teams set up, strikers need to do so much more and he may find himself in trouble. He can’t hold the ball up like Andy Carroll and he doesn’t link play up on the ground. If he doesn’t score many he’s going to be a huge waste.
West Ham under Bilic like to play the ball on the deck with the option of shaking it up with Andy Carroll. Bilic should be commended for being able to give his team a style that looks nice on the eye but also utilises the big man up top.
This in mind, where does Bacca fit in? He isn’t good enough or mobile enough to play off of Carroll whilst in the air the Englishman will always be the target – square peg round hole springs to mind.
The way West Ham play is tailored to Andy Carroll and he showed towards the end of last season with a run of games he can still perform at this level.
If Carroll stays fit there’s no way Bacca will start ahead of him because the way the side plays under Bilic is perfect for the former Liverpool man and having him in form will give both the Premier League and those sides in Europe, nightmares. Bacca simply won’t get a sniff.