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West Ham are too reliant on Arnautovic

It’s always a problem when a team becomes too reliant on one particular player to score goals

As far as West Ham are concerned, this weight falls on Marko Arnautovic, and in Saturday’s game against Tottenham, Hugo Loris, the Spurs goalkeeper, proved more than a match for him. Unfortunately, there was no one to fall back on, and as a result, The Hammers were beaten.

West Ham’s Brazilian attacking midfielder, Felipe Anderson Pereira Gomes, more popularly referred to as Felipe Anderson, unfortunately, failed to impress and was taken off.
The 25-year-Anderson joined The Hammers in July this year for a club record transfer fee of £36-million, surpassing the £22-million that West Ham paid for previous record signing Issa Diop just one month earlier.

The young Brazilian was purchased from Lazio where he spent 5-years having been snatched from Santos in 2013.

Anderson has been described one of the most exciting players in Europe and has recently come top in an index of the most creative players in the Premiership.

Across Europe, only Eden Hazard and fellow countrymen Neymar can top his average of 6-completed runs last season, and up until the Spurs game, his form had shown no signs of abating. He has already created 13 goal scoring opportunities for his new team-mates as well as delivering nine excellent crosses.

His goal a couple of weeks ago against Manchester United was the perfection of skill and cheek as he guided the ball into the net with his back-leg heel from six yards out, wrong-footing everyone including the MU keeper. However, his lacklustre performance against Spurs was hugely disappointing.

Together with Jack Wilsher and Andriy Yarmolenko, who Hammers’ chief Manuel Pellegrini acquired last month, West Ham are a team with electrifying potential in both midfield and attack. Former player Nigel Winterburn knows how important it will be for Pellegrini to win the confidence of fans, and these new additions will go a long way towards achieving that all-important fan backing.

But, to keep the supporters on-side, a win in their next games against Leicester will be crucial.

Firm news is still awaited about the return to first team football of Andy Carrol. He has only just been considered fit enough to take part in full training, and it is thought that he will play in at least one practice game before can be judged to be fully fit.
“Chicken ankles” Carroll, as he is affectionately known to supporters, underwent foot surgery in July.

It was originally thought that the injury would keep him sidelined until December, but it is now believed he will be ready by November. The problem of the dependence on Arnautovic, Carroll’s enforced absence and the frankly disappointing contribution of Javier (Chicarito) Hernandez since he joined The Hammers from Bayern Leverkusen in July last year, has left Manuel Pellegrini with a problem up front. However, rumour has it that the East Londoners are hoping to sign the Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko who is currently with Roma.

Edin Dzeko

Edin Dzeko

Dzeko’s contract will be up in 2020. Pellegrini is a fan of the big Bosnian and has worked with him before, during his time at Manchester City.

His total goal tally in his 685 games for clubs and country is an impressive 319. During Dzeko four and a half years in an earlier stint in the Premiership, he was a feared striker. Although 33 years of age, he could be the stop-gap that West Ham needs to give them more options up front.

There is also some talk about a possible return for another old-timer – namely Jermain Defoe. Although unpopular with Hammers’ fans, he has made amends via a recent tweet.

It is being speculated that he could make a return in January to further bolster the East London teams’ options in attack.

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