West Ham United Identify Fulham Forward As Carroll Replacement: Wise Move For The Hammers?

According to a recent report by the Daily Star, West Ham United are interested in securing the services of Aleksandar Mitrovic from Fulham during the summer transfer period. The same source has revealed that the Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is preparing for a summer overhaul of his squad and could recruit the Serbian centre-forward as a replacement for Andy Carroll who is set to leave the club at the end of this campaign.

Mitrovic’s Breakthrough Season In The Premier League

Mitrovic has enjoyed another impressive campaign at Craven Cottage after putting in some match-winning performances for the Cottagers thus far. It is also worth noting that this season with Fulham has been a breakthrough year for the Serbian frontman personally as he has finally managed to prove his worth in the Premier League even though his employers have suffered the agony of being relegated last month. 

The former Newcastle United striker has featured in 38 matches for the London outfit this term, registering 11 goals while providing three assists across multiple competitions. He is also vastly experienced at the international level having represented Serbia in 47 international matches while scoring 23 goals for his nation so far.

What Will He Bring To The London Stadium?

Mitrovic will undoubtedly be an upgrade over Carroll as he is more prolific and doesn’t have a poor track record with injuries. Mitrovic is an aerially dominant centre-forward up top and can be a real handful for any defender when playing with confidence on the pitch.

The Serbian international has remarkable strength which helps him win a lot of aerial duels in the final third. He has also managed to score goals even with limited service at Craven Cottage which is easier said than done especially in the English top-flight. However, the jury is still out on whether he can break into the ‘world-class’ bracket as his one-dimensional playing style can sometimes be quite easy to predict.

Mitrovic’s Acquisition: Wise Move For Pellegrini?

The addition of a forward like Mitrovic will improve Manuel Pellegrini’s frontline significantly ahead of the new season. Furthermore, the striker will also receive better service at the London Stadium as he will have more proven players playing alongside him.

No doubt recruiting Mitrovic could be a shrewd move for the Hammers as he will be a decent fit for Pellegrini’s style of play at the East London club.

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