In a recent report, The Telegraph (subscription required) has claimed that West Ham United could focus on recruiting Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong as they continue to search for a replacement for Sebastien Haller who joined AFC Ajax earlier this month. Following Jarrod Bowen’s success at the London Stadium recently, the Hammers boss David Moyes might once again be inclined to dip into the EFL Championship market by making a move for the English striker (via The Telegraph).
Armstrong’s Incredible Season At The Lancashire Club
Armstrong has enjoyed a magnificent season at Ewood Park thus far after putting in a series of productive displays as the focal point of Tony Mowbray’s attack. The West Denton-born marksman has banged in 17 goals and secured three assists in 25 matches for Blackburn this term across all fronts.
The former Newcastle United youngster deserves a lot of plaudits for averaging 5.0 shots, 0.9 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in the EFL Championship. However, he can improve his accuracy when distributing the ball in the opposition half after completing 76.2% of his attempted passes in the English second division (stats via whoscored).
The 23-year-old is currently going through the best form of his life, so the Hammers will do well to lure him to the English capital before the end of this winter transfer period. Armstrong is good enough to rival Michail Antonio for a place in Moyes’ first-team which makes him a good fit for West Ham this month.
What Are The English Forward’s Best Attributes?
Armstrong is one of the quickest players in the EFL Championship and can often leave his marker to bite the dust by turning on the afterburners in the attacking third of the pitch. He has even got a great leap in him which makes up for his lack of strength and allows him to win a few headers for his team.
The English frontman has proven himself to be a lethal finisher in front of the opponent’s goal during this campaign. However, he can sometimes be guilty of taking too many shots and not pass it to his teammate inside the penalty box.
Is Armstrong The Right Choice For The Hammers?
There is no denying that Armstrong will only get better with each season as he is about to enter the peak years of his playing career. He will add a lot of goals to the Hammers frontline and can be expected to increase competition for places within Moyes’ squad.
Plus, Armstrong is versatile enough to function anywhere across the frontline as he is primarily a centre-forward but can also fulfil the duties of a wide player on either flank if needed. All in all, the English striker will be a decent choice for the East London outfit as he has got the goal-scoring ability and pace to be a success story in the Premier League over the next few years.
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