When West Ham set a new club-record transfer fee on Marko Arnautovic during the summer, Irons supporters relished at the prospect of a new, potent prong on the left of Slaven Bilic’s attack.
Although the Austrian international’s spell at Stoke City was plagued by inconsistency, his natural ability stood out and the 2015/16 campaign proved it could be converted into reliable potency, finishing up with eleven goals and six assists in the top flight.
But Arnautovic’s Hammers career thus far has been nothing short of disastrous, even in the context of what has been a disappointing start to the season in east London. It’s hard to expect fireworks when Bilic’s side are being spared from the relegation zone by goal difference alone, but Arnautovic’s form has reached particularly astonishing lows.
No goals and no assists for his new club in the Premier League speaks for itself, yet the 28-year-old’s tribulations stem much deeper than that; from 338 minutes in the top flight, he’s created just four chances, produced only five efforts at goal and completed a single successful dribble. His passing accuracy too is a mere 72% and Arnautovic has lost more duels than he’s won overall – just 43%.
In fact, Arnautovic’s only real impact on West Ham’s campaign thus far has been the red card he received against Southampton, a direct cause of the Hammers losing 3-2 at St. Mary’s. As things stand, the out-of-form forward is shaping up to be arguably the Premier League’s worst signing of the summer, but do you think he’s West Ham’s? Let us know by voting below…