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West Ham United In Pursuit Of This Premier League Striker: A Gamble Or A Wise Choice?

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

West Ham United have seen a miserable downward trajectory in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign. Placed 12th in the table, they are just nine points adrift of Hull City (who are placed 18th in the table) and this gives an impression of the downfall they have suffered this season. The season is heating up, implying that Slaven Bilić needs to make the necessary changes very soon in the ongoing transfer window.

The scenario isn’t a lively one, as Bilić is the one on the receiving end of the tantrums thrown by their blockbuster attacker Dimitri Payet, who is desperate to leave the club this month. The Croatian manager is looking for viable targets and apparently, it is reported that the Hammers are eyeing Burnley’s striker, Andre Gray, in order to add some sharpness, spice and attacking flamboyance up front.

West Ham United have found it hard scoring goals consistently like last season (apart from their 3-0 thumping win over Crystal Palace) and are thus very much active in the transfer window.

Gray is one of the hottest properties in the top tier of English football. His stocks have risen ever since his move to the Turf Moor from Brentford in 2015 and he has cemented his place in the forward role under Sean Dyche. He has made 15 appearances for the Clarets this term, netting 5 goals and bagging 2 assists to his name. Further, the 25-year-old has also created as many as 9 chances which are some of the telling statistics, highlighting his calibre in providing an attacking tooth to his side.

Speaking of his attributes, Grey excels in generating full utility of his strength and pace up front to rattle his opponents. He times his runs perfectly, knows where to move and keeps drifting in the final third in order to throw the defenders off their game. Apart from being clinical up front, he is equally effective in bringing the midfielders into the equation, creating chances for this teammates and providing cunning passes time and again.

Moreover, he is also learning the art of holding the play and running off the defenders’ shoulders. What he does well is to hold off the defenders in order to penetrate into good goal scoring areas. The interest he has drawn from West Ham United is very justifiable and if Bilić can successfully lure him to his side, the London-based outfit can, more often than not, be a serial threat to the opponents by implementing him as their striker.

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