West Ham targets to replace Sébastien Haller
West Ham and the strikers go together like peaches… and gravy.
Ever since the two Davids took over the club in 2010, Hammers fans have had to put up with some truly shocking singers, with names like Jordan Hugill, Toni Martinez and Albian Ajeti likely to haunt them until the end of time.
However, in the summer of 2019, it looked like they had finally broken the curse with the signing of Sebastien Haller. The Ivorian international arrived with a superb reputation, having forged a deadly partnership with Luka Jovic at Eintracht Frankfurt the previous season.
That optimism quickly faded when Haller stuttered to score just seven goals in his debut campaign. His struggles have continued this season and David Moyes has decided to cut the club’s losses by selling him to Ajax – where he will no doubt continue to score a bunch of goals.
With Haller out, the rumor mill is in full swing. Several forwards have been linked with a move, but which one would suit West Ham best? 90 mins analyze each player to find out.
Solve West Ham Problems Rating: 1/10
Let’s hit this one on the head right away.
For all his rugged beauty, West Ham makes a gesture for Graziano Pelle crying disaster.
It’s been four and a half years since he traded his integrity for the chance to make a lot, a lot and a lot of money in China, which means that there is very little evidence that he still has what he needs. is necessary to perform at the highest level.
Again, he is a free agent. What harm could we really do to him by offering him a six-month contract if all other options fail? Many probably.
Resolving West Ham Problems Score: 2/10
Having primarily operated as a right winger for Watford last season, Ismaila Sarr has been in the lead most often this time around.
Sarr was one of the few highlights of the Hornets’ previous tenure, which ultimately ended in relegation. The delicate Senegalese international is blessed with a lightning pace and quick feet, making him a grip for defenses.
West Ham should probably do not make a move though. Not only would he come with a hefty price tag as he still has three and a half years left on his contract, but his lack of experience playing up front limits his relevance.
He hasn’t been very prolific this season either, scoring just four league goals in 19 games.
Solve West Ham Problems Rating: 3/10
Mariano Diaz had a strange career. After signing for Real Madrid as a youngster, he moved up from the C team to the second channel and finally the senior setup, scoring a host of goals along the way.
After a season at Lyon, where he managed an impressive 21 goals, Real Madrid re-signed him in 2018. Since then his career has been stalled with a series of frustrating injuries.
Last season Diaz only featured seven times and although he managed to stay in shape this time around Zinedine Zidane doesn’t appear to be a fan.
Obviously he has talent. However, just like Pelle, his lack of first-team action lately has made it difficult to see what kind of player West Ham would receive. He’s also (sort of) under contract until 2023, so he wouldn’t be cheap, which would make a loan more likely.
Solve West Ham Problems Rating: 4/10
Lyon striker Moussa Dembele has been on the verge of leaving the Ligue 1 team for more than a year.
He counts Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter among his former contenders, however, West Ham is now linked.
On paper, this seems like a no-brainer from the Hammers’ perspective. Not only would he be available at low prices due to the continuing financial crisis in French football, but Dembele has also scored goals throughout his career. Until this season, it seems …
At the time of writing, Dembele is in tragic form and has only scored once in 16 league games this season. In addition, he is expected to be away until February with a broken arm. Fortunately, Atletico Madrid could step in and prevent a decision from being made.
Resolve West Ham issues rating: 5/10
As 90 mins reported earlier this month, another attacker on West Ham’s shortlist is Boulaye Dia.
The 24-year-old is currently plying his trade for Reims and despite his team’s struggles – they are currently 14th – only Kylian Mbappe has equaled his 12 Ligue 1 goals this season.
Dia is the archetypal poacher with many of his strikes resulting from clever movement inside the box, much like the old hammer Javier Hernandez.
What may put West Ham off is their proven lack of scoring ability outside of this season. He only managed 10 goals in 42 appearances heading into the current campaign and was playing in France’s lower leagues as recently as 2019.
Resolve West Ham issues rating: 6/10
West Ham appear to be on a winning streak when it comes to signing Czech players.
Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal have made solid contributions since joining the club this summer, which bodes well for the potential arrival of Adam Hlozek.
Hlozek, who is currently plying his trade for Sparta Prague, has already been selected twice by his country and made more than 50 senior club appearances at the age of 18.
The current season is also shaping up to be the best yet. Hlozek – who can play through the attacking line – has already registered nine goals in six league games.
90 mins Understand that West Ham have been watching the exciting prospect for some time and with Borussia Dortmund and Juventus in hiding, they should aim to take the plunge in January if possible.
Resolve West Ham issues rating: 9/10
Red Bull Salzburg have an incredible talent record for top European clubs and their latest export could be Patson Daka.
The Zambia international had a decisive campaign last time around, scoring an impressive 32 direct goals in just 31 Austrian Bundesliga games.
Daka is a powerful threat on the meter thanks to his impressive speed and his eye for the goal is also impressive. This season he’s averaged one goal in every game and he’s capable of creating something from anywhere on the pitch.
He’s a really exciting talent and represents West Ham’s best chance to fill their Haller-shaped hole. Come on Davids, do the trick …