West Ham Plot January Signings In Bid To Avoid Crisis Season

By timgarrett IN Ligue 1,Premier League,Transfers - 19:00 Sep 3rd 2018

After a summer of major investment both on and off the field, few could have imagined West Ham making quite such a disastrous start to their Premier League campaign. Saturday’s home defeat to Wolves has left their fans reeling, and the season is already looking like a long slog.

Scoring goals appears to be a particular issue, with a tally of just 2 from 4 games leaving much to be desired. And, to add insult to injury, one of the transfer targets they passed on during the summer window has got off to a flying start over in France’s Ligue 1.

Amiens’ Senegalese forward Moussa Konaté has followed up a hugely impressive World Cup campaign in the summer with 3 goals and 1 assist in his first 4 appearances of the domestic season, picking up exactly where he left off last time he was on French soil.

Playing in a side that, coincidentally, finished 13th as did West Ham last term and struggled majorly for goals, Konaté was able to top the tally of any of the Hammers' most prolific frontmen in last season’s Premier League.

Moussa
Konate
VMarko
Arnautovic
AmiensWest Ham United
FWD   25Y 2M   5FT 11INFWD   29Y 2M   6FT 4IN
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
KONATE
ARNAUTOVIC
Starts
28
28
Minutes played
2482
2379
Goals
13
11
Assists
2
6
Opening goals
4
2
Winning goals
3
3
Home goals
10
6
Away goals
3
5
Goals with feet
9
11
Goals with head
4
Minutes per goal
191
216
TOTAL
6
3

By all accounts, Marko Arnautović had a strong opening campaign at The London Stadium. His tally of 11 goals and 6 assists in 28 league appearances was encouraging and his flair-filled style made him something of a fans’ favourite, yet his average of 1 goal every 216 minutes of play was topped significantly by Konaté’s record of 191 minutes.

Moussa
Konate
V
Chicharito
AmiensWest Ham United
FWD   25Y 2M   5FT 11INFWD   30Y 0M   5FT 9IN
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
KONATE
CHICHARITO
Starts
28
16
Minutes played
2482
1543
Goals
13
8
Assists
2
Opening goals
4
2
Winning goals
3
1
Home goals
10
3
Away goals
3
5
Goals with feet
9
6
Goals with head
4
2
Minutes per goal
191
193
TOTAL
10
1

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez arrived last summer to much fanfare but struggled to make the desired impact in his 16 Premier League starts. While his minutes per goal record compares strongly to Konaté’s, it’s notable that there is far less diversity in the type of goals he scored.

West Ham already look in serious need of a boost, and January quite simply cannot come quickly enough. The press believe a mid-season move for Konaté is on the cards and, while undoubtedly expensive, it’s a move that would make perfect sense.

A big, powerful, pacey forward, Konaté looks custom-built for the Premier League and would provide a significant boost. At 25-years-old he has plenty of time to improve, and he's said to be keen to make the switch. In a time when others might be running in the opposite direction, West Ham should look to seize this sizeable opportunity as quickly as possible.

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340
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  47%
47%
2.10
11/10
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225
28%
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3/1
300
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41%
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33%
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23/10
230
26%
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5/4
125
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91%
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1/12
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14/1
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16:00
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  87%
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425
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900
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500
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76%
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9%
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11/2
550
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76%
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19%
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750
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68%
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333
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600
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4/9
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67%
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360
19%
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6/1
600
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67%
1.45
9/20
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67%
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15/4
375
20%
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13/2
650
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2/5
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11/2
550
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375
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360
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310
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8/13
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3/1
300
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475
18%
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