Why this £18m gamble is one West Ham really should be considering

West Ham have been in great form all season, and with no club running away with the title thus far, they still have a shot, albeit a 40 yarder, at the biggest prize available to them.

The Hammers find themselves in sixth place, eight points from leaders Arsenal and just four out of the top four. In order to secure at least a top four finish, the Irons need to make some moves this transfer window and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be just what the club needs going forward.

Although a deal before the close of the current window appears unlikely given the player’s injury record, Sturridge is certainly an intriguing option going into the future as the Irons head towards the Olympic Stadium and, potentially, the next level of English football.

Here are FIVE reasons why the striker would be an £18m gamble worth taking…

1. Lack of Goals Coming From Up Top This Season

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The Hammers have got a solid goalscoring production from midfielders Dimitri Payet (six) and Cheikhou Kouyate (four) but are missing a consistent goalscorer from their forward ranks. Strikers Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Mauro Zárate have all only scored three goals each this season and if the club is serious about a top four finish they need to address this problem. Sturridge has proven in his time since joining Liverpool that, when he is healthy, he can put the ball in the back of the net. The 26 year-old forward has scored 44 times for the club despite a series of injuries, illustrating his quality and ability to bounce back. Although he’s only made six appearances in all competitions with the Anfield side this season, he has four goals, netting in two separate matches.

2. The Hammers Need a Consistent Goal Threat Year After Year

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West Ham has shown that they have the talent to compete in the Premier League in the years to come. However, without a consistent goalscorer year after year the club will not be able to establish themselves among the Premier league’s elite. Sturridge has only made four appearances in the Premier League this year, but prior to that when the forward was playing on a more consistent basis the Reds won 71% of their matches with him on the pitch as opposed to only 45% with him sidelined. The Irons also haven’t had a forward score over 10 goals since Carlton Cole netted 14 in the 2011/12 season when the Hammers won the Championship play-offs to earn promotion back to the Premier League. A new talisman is needed…

3. Could Two Talented Injury Prone Forwards Make For a Decent Threat?

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Former Liverpool prospect Andy Carroll has shown flashes of greatness throughout his rocky career, but has never been able to string together a consistent campaign due to injuries. The same could be said for Sturridge in recent years, as he has not played on a regular basis since the 2013/14 season – his best year by far. If the two were healthy at the same time, the club could consider using one essentially as a replacement for the other when one becomes unfit to play.

4. Good Replacement For ‘Bad Egg’ Zarate

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Any time Joey Barton, one of football’s most controversial voices, feels another team-mate is bad for the club environment heads may turn. After West Ham loaned Mauro Zarate out to QPR, criticism was the only thing that surrounded him as QPR were relegated. There are rumours that the Argentine/Chilean may be heading back to the Serie A as Fiorentina are, according to Sky Sports Italia (via Football Italia), in talks with the Hammers to obtain the forward on loan or to outright. While he may be a ‘bad egg’, he is very talented, but the money from the sale to another club could free up funds to purchase Sturridge.

5. West Ham Should Buy Now Before Price Rises

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has shown his dissatisfaction with Sturridge since arriving to Anfield this year with a series of passive aggresive press conference answers. Recently, Klopp noted that there is no chance for the forward to play in the Wednesday’s replay of their FA Cup match against Exeter, while his niggling fitness worries have sparked all manner of rumours online. The time to buy Sturridge from Liverpool may come up in the coming six months while the Reds may be swayed. The Merseysiders are also in the market for a new striker as well and could be looking for some extra spending money…

 


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