West Ham responded to the news that club-record signing Andy Carroll had suffered a new injury set-back by signing free agent and former Fulham striker Mladen Petric yesterday.
The 32-year-old Croatian’s arrival at Upton Park is a relief for many West Ham fans who were beginning to fear almost a whole season relying on Modibo Miaga, who is yet to show any signs of being able to perform in the Premier League since signing last summer.
And, despite some fans still undoubtedly worried about where the goals are going to come from at West Ham, Petric’s signing is just the ticket for the Hammers as Allardyce attempts to improve on last season’s tenth place finish.
Of course, at 32, Petric isn’t expected to set the Premier League alight, but he will provide West Ham with a much needed threat in front of goal. Modibo Maiga and Ricardo Vaz Te are arguably out of their depth in the top-flight, while youth prospect Elliot Lee is just too young and inexperienced to rely upon just yet.