In Slaven Bilic’s last press conference, the gaffer discussed the incoming Argentine Striker- Jonathan Calleri. He referred to Calleri as a “top striker”. Of course, you wouldn’t expect a professional manager to say: “I’m not too sure about this one!” when being asked about a new player. But, at the same time, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that Bilic is expecting an immediate impact from the new boy.
With Carroll being injury prone, Ayew rumoured to have been a bit fed up of playing ST during his time at Swansea, Valencia being-well, Valencia, and the Sakho saga reaching episode thirty-four, Calleri seems to have to gone from a being little exciting bonus signing, to possibly getting game time week in week out.
You could argue, assuming my assumption is correct, that this is nothing more than a bit of Sports Psychology. Bilic is renowned for being intelligent, and it is documented that he reads Psychology textbooks in his spare time, in order to find methods of enhancing individual and team performance. Perhaps Slav has looked into Calleri (and his mind set), discovering that Calleri thrives off pressure and expectation, and that throwing him in at the deep end is well worth the risk.
My biggest worry about Calleri looking like he could have a fairly big part to play, is his lack of experience. As well as only being twenty-two,he has never played outside of South America, and, let’s be honest, we don’t really have a great track record with South American signings. Calleri is different to the likes of Valencia, Wellington Paulista and Zarate, in the sense of he has been tipped for years as a potential world class striker by many well respected footballing minds; whereas the others-listed above-seemed to be very heat of the moment.
But personally, I feel as though this is a little bit of a gamble; I’d certainly feel much more secure if we signed another-preferably proven-striker. For me, somebody like Defoe would be perfect in this situation (at the right price, of course). He may be getting on a bit, but at least he is guaranteed to bag you a decent amount of goals each season. If we went through an injury crisis, and, say, Calleri struggles to adapt to Premier League football, it would be amazing to have that kind of safety net.
It would be great to hear what you readers make of our striker situation. I feel like we have plenty of quality, and I think Carroll could have a big season ahead of him, but I’m still a little cautious about the whole thing. There is, without a shadow of doubt, a lot of if’s in this article, but I think it’s an if the club should consider. I also think that we should all be very excited, this is certainly the best squad we have had in many a year.
Argentinians are the most suited of all the South Americans to adjusting to European football, my opinion is based on their heritage and a lot of Europeans settled in their country. I am sure if he can learn the language and settle well he can bring a lot to us, I would really like to see him and Fletcher given a chance to play together because I think there styles would compliment each other well. As for AC I hope I am proven wrong but I doubt his suitability as a main striker in every game, he is painfully slow, doesn’t close the ball down very often and the seasons turn faster than he does, he had a good game against Juve and 1 in every 3 or 4 he seems too but is that enough ?
Andre Ayew knows he’s been bought for all roles going forward… Whether that be striker/winger/number 10.
I believe… Sakho, Carroll, Valencia, Calleri and Ayew are definitely enough to see us top 10.
Remember without a 20 goal striker we still scored a shed load of goals last season.
I think if Sakho and Carroll have injury free seasons. I don’t even think Valencia or Calleri will get a sniff.
I also reckon Valencia will be last resort.
Calleri probably comes before him.
I like Valencia as a pro… And he actually tries really hard… It’s just a shame his end product isn’t great.
But I am happy with the strikers.. Especially having the attacking talent behind them being Payet, Lanzini, Feghouli, Töre, Antonio and Ayew.
I agree with your synopsis. Calleri is an unknown factor in Premiership /European Leagues and this deal has a scent of DS about it.THere is, as you say, a great deal of pressure on Andy Carroll to remain fit and available, but with the best will in the World that is unlikely to happen. Our striker situation looks better than it did a few weeks ago. The Bacca saga is surely over and I doubt whether WHU will seek to buy another striker this window. There remains the enigma that is Diafra Sakho. Will he get himself fit? Will he make himself available for selection if he does?.Will the fans ,many of whom feel betrayed by his actions, forgive him? I thought that he would never play for West Ham again but now ,who knows?
If he can ingratiate himself once again and change his attitude he must be an asset. Meanwhile the Calleri situation remains to unfold.
From other reports concerning Calleri, it has been mentioned that he has a similar work ethic than our once beloved Tevez and if rumours are to be believed even Barcelona were interested in the young Argentine.
If I am reading latest reports, Sakho is readjusting his mindset and gaining fitness, so I don’t feel Calleri will be used as much as stated; Ayew, Carroll and Payet will be instrumental to our forward line and I think Bilic will use experience over none – especially in the league.
The guy is on loan… Hope does well for the season he is here, however if Slav & the club is all about building towards being a top 4 club, will loan signings with no option to buy be the way forward?