I’ve been watching events closely at West Ham during the summer and back the board’s position in trying to bring in a top striker.
So far they have missed out on Lacaeztte and Batshuayi – both were well over priced – and in this market place you are never gonna get value for money anyway given the TV money loating around and the inflationary demands.
However, I have no problem with the club paying out the sort of money they are talking about as although we would be okay with what we have – Valencia excepted – ok just isn’t good enough!
Having attracted Dimitri Payet to the club he will be looking for other top players to join him and I’m sure that was in the script when he was signed.
Currently Mario Gomez is being touted as a likely arrival and at around £8m – £9m he wouldn’t be a gambe. Scores goals and is big and awkward – he’d be a decent signing.
Eden Dzeko has always been a favourite of mine and if the club could get him at around £15 million that would be good business too.
Benteke? No not for me. I think he’d probably give you 10-12 goals a season and as we know hsn’t torn up any trees at Liverpool. One decent season at Aston Villa isn’t enough to make a massive investment.
I think Jamie Vardy would have been a decent shout but it’s clear he was never going to leave Leicester so that was never going to happen.
Whoever they get, Valencia has to go. He just hasn’t done enough. But I’d love to see Diafra Sakho stay. All of you know how highly I rate him.
On the pitch he will go through the middle or out wide, get in behnd players and make life so much easier for the likes of Dimi Payet who clearly loves playing for him.
However, it’s very clear for me he has a temperament and if he can’t sort that out and it becomes a problem to the dressing room he will need to leave.
I don’t know exactly what is going on but the manager needs to sort it out unless he finds the player isn’t rewarding his efforts. In which case, sadly, it will need to be a parting of the ways.
He needs to knuckle down and get on with it. This lad has it all for me and I really hope he sorts his stuff out and shows what he’s about again.