According to a recent report by Football.London, some of the bookmakers have made West Ham United the favourites to secure the services of Maxi Gomez from Celta de Vigo during the summer transfer window. The same source has revealed that both Skybet and BetVictor have priced the Hammers at 7/4 and 15/8 respectively to win the race to recruit the Uruguayan centre-forward in this offseason.
This recent development will excite the Hammers fans as they are desperate to see Manuel Pellegrini bring in some much-needed firepower up top. Andy Carroll has failed to live up to the expectations at the London Stadium while Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez have been inconsistent with their performances this season. Thus, West Ham could benefit from acquiring a quality striker in the upcoming transfer market, so Gomez fits the bill perfectly.
Gomez’ Impressive Campaign In The La Liga
The South American sensation has enjoyed a solid campaign with Celta de Vigo this term after putting in a string of match-winning displays for them during this campaign. Gomez has featured in 34 matches for the Spanish outfit this season, scoring 13 goals while providing five assists in all competitions. He has also earned 11 international caps for Uruguay and has one goal to his name for his nation thus far.
What Does The Uruguayan Forward Offer On The Pitch?
Gomez can be a tricky player to deal with inside the opposition box as he can find the back of the net even when he is not firing on all cylinders going forward. The Uruguayan international boasts incredible strength and is also a productive dribbler with the ball at his feet. However, his defensive work rate is low, so the Hammers cannot expect him to have too much of an impact in the game when not in possession of the ball.
Is Gomez The Right Choice For Pellegrini?
The potential addition of Gomez will not only improve Pellegrini’s attacking options at the London Stadium but will also increase competition to earn a starting berth in Pellegrini’s frontline. Furthermore, his acquisition could go a long way in helping West Ham bridge the gap to the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ teams in the coming years.
At 22, the La Liga forward still has his best years ahead of him which the Hammers could look to benefit from if they can land him ahead of the new season.