West Ham United are back on the hunt for a striker to supplement Michail Antonio. From their reported shortlist, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham could fit the bill perfectly.
According to the Daily Star, West Ham have listed Abraham plus Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Ivan Toney of Brentford as potential attacking recruitments this summer.
When it comes to Abraham, there’s plenty of uncertainty swirling around the future of the 23-year-old.
He was left out of the match-day squad by new coach Thomas Tuchel for Chelsea’s most recent fixture against Manchester United.
In fact since the German took over as coach at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel has only started the England striker four times.
Here are three reasons why we think West Ham should prioritise Abraham’s signature in the next transfer window.
Abraham – been there, done that
If David Moyes is going to get Davids Gold and Sullivan to break open the piggy bank again, they certainly won’t want a repeat of their previous club-record signing.
Sebastian Haller joined West Ham from Eintracht Frankfurt for £45 million in July 2019 (Telegraph).
A year and a half later, Haller was sold to Ajax for half that amount. Haller turned out to be an extremely expensive flop – a deal that has left scars on both parties.
The Irons need a proven Premier League player to provide healthy competition for Antonio, something Haller failed to offer.
That’s where Abraham stands out above the other strikers reportedly on the shortlist.
Toney’s terrific goalscoring talents are limited to the lower leagues, while Nketiah has only started ten games in the Premier League in the past two seasons.
During that period, Abraham has made 54 starts in the top tier and scored seven times the amount of goals.
Built for the Hammers
Abraham also trumps his fellow compatriots for the skillset Moyes requires from his band of merry men.
At 6ft 2in and with a decent turn of pace, the Chelsea youngster meets the criteria for a West Ham squad member.
Nketiah and Toney only stand 5ft 7in and 5ft 8in respectively. They may be quick off the mark but Moyes requires his leading man to offer a physical presence, rather than being a speedy nuisance.
Antonio is a perfect case study – sturdy in shape and decent in a foot race. Which is pretty much what Abraham offers – without the bulging biceps.
Beast in both boxes
Moyes also requires his strikers to be effective at both ends of the pitch.
Last month, the Telegraph reported the Hammers had scored 12 goals from set pieces and only conceded twice from them.
That’s a Premier League high in both departments this season and Moyes will want to maintain those statistics.
Abraham, of course, has an added aerial advantage over Toney and Nketiah.
Not just that, he revealed in an interview after Chelsea’s 1-0 FA Cup win against Barnsley that he was a defender during his youth career.
Abraham made the revelation after a sensational goal-line clearance helped Chelsea keep a clean sheet.
Now that’s Moyes’ kind of striker.
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