West Ham’s search for a striker could see them return to Armando Broja in January, according to reports.
It has been an extremely long time since West Ham last signed a successful striker, despite spending big money on the likes of Haller and Scamacca. But with Michail Antonio only scoring 2 goals this season, the club are desperate to find someone who will finally prove their worth.
One striker that the Hammers have been repeatedly linked with is Chelsea’s Armando Broja. Since his loan to Southampton (where he found his best form) they have repeatedly weighed up signing the Albanian but, due to various reasons, a deal has failed to materialise.
Unfortunately, since his return to West London, Broja has been plagued with injuries playing just 16 Premier League games since the start of last season. In that time he has only managed to score 2 goals. A cruciate ligament tear left him out for almost a whole year and since then he has suffered further injuries to his knee.
Having yet another player with recurring knee injuries would be less than ideal for David Moyes as it could potentially leave them in the same predicament they currently find themselves in – without a striker who can score consistently.
The fact he’s not really had much chance to regain match fitness and the fact he hasn’t played many minutes in a Chelsea side who, up to recently, had been struggling to score goals should be a reason for concern.
However, if there is one thing that the gaffer has been particularly good at during his 2nd spell in East London, it’s taking Chelsea outcasts and turning them into key players in his side. When available, Zouma and Emerson are two of the first names on the team sheet and who’s to say he can not help Broja find his form again.
Broja has all the attributes we are looking for – pace, power and Premier League experience. For a rumoured transfer fee of £30 million, it’s not a huge risk for a 22-year-old who clearly has a lot to prove. Will West Ham be the club who gives the striker the chance to get his career back on track?
By Charlie Bass
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