Slaven Bilic makes West Ham transfer admission
By Matt Farr
Slaven Bilic has admitted West Ham are in dire need of a goalscorer following the 0-0 draw with Stoke on Saturday.
Bilic witnessed his side draw a blank in front of goal for the second consecutive game, following a goalless draw with Everton a week ago.
But the Stoke stalemate means West Ham have scored just four goals from their six Premier League matches this month, and Bilic recognises his side’s goalscoring struggles as an area requiring improvement this summer.
He told Sky Sports: “They [West Ham] were really good, as they were against Everton, it’s our third clean sheet in four games, which is a good basis to start.
“It gives you good composure, but we’re just lacking someone that is going to score goals for us. We just couldn’t convert the chances we created. We created more than enough chances to score a couple of goals.”
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Bilic’s transfer admission will certainly please fans ahead of the summer window, although they may be concerned that the West Ham chief did not act back in January.
The Hammers had added Robert Snodgrass and Jose Fonte to their ranks in the last window, but failed in their attempts to land a striker, which has cost them on several occasions this season.
West Ham were forced to visit the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday with depleted attacking resources, having lost both Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio to injury.
Antonio, who is the club’s top goalscorer this term with nine goals, was ruled out for the remainder the season after picking up a hamstring injury during the win over Swansea on April 8.
Carroll, meanwhile, has missed the last two games with a groin injury, meaning Jonathan Calleri led the line for West Ham against Stoke.
But neither Calleri, nor fellow attackers Andre Ayew and Manuel Lanzini failed to hit the back of the net.
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