COMMENT By Danny Wright
West Ham have reportedly sent scouts to watch Bologna’s Simeone Verdi.
But looking at his stats, Verdi simply has not shown that he has what it takes to fill the void at the London Stadium with just five goals and three assists in 22 appearances in all competitions.
Although the 24-year-old may have been touted as the next Gianfranco Zola in the early days of his career, the current campaign has shown that he will not be up to scratch for the ambitious Irons faithful.
Verdi is a lightning quick, skillful player and that isn’t the kind of man that Slaven Bilic needs in his side – he needs an aggressive, physical goal-machine to lead his front line.
Here are three better players West Ham should sign to solve the attacking crisis:
Although Verdi is most commonly used as a winger, Bologna have at times used him as a striker this season and if the Hammers scouts are going to watch him play then they are most likely going to see him play up front. If there’s a player that they should be watching instead then it has to be Modeste.
The Koln striker has been in irresistible form this campaign and has smashed the Bundesliga apart this season with 22 goals in 25 games.
Despite having a terrible spell at Blackburn when they were in the Premier League, the 28-year-old has matured into one of the continent’s most consistent goalscorers.
Remember the Wolfsburg striker who smashed all before him as they went on to achieve a surprise second place in the Bundesliga in 2015? That was Dost – and he’s tearing up a different league this season.
The Dutchman has averaged more than a goal a game in the Portuguese top tier with Sporting CP this year.
At 27-years-of-age, the powerful front man has bagged a stunning 24 goals in 23 league appearances in his debut season in Lisbon.
Picking up an in-form goalscorer is a must for the Hammers and Dost has shown a number of times, in different leagues, that he can find the back of the net.
Burnley have a squad of players that work hard and play for their manager. Sean Dyche is quite similar to Bilic in many ways and that’s why West Ham could get the best out of Gray.
The 25-year-old has been one of the Clarets’ best players this season and has scored eight goals in his debut season in the Premier League.
His side have been in brilliant home form all season, something which West Ham need to bring to the London Stadium.
There aren’t a great deal of suppliers in Dyche’s side, whereas the Hammers boast the likes of Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini, but Gray has still emerged as a raw talent that could definitely progress on to bigger things.
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