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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CHA21 19:45 SKY
Wigan
 v 
Bristol C
19:45 SKY
Home Win
  46%
46%
2.14
23/20
114
46%
3.60
13/5
260
25%
3.60
13/5
260
29%
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EPL22 15:00
Cardiff
 v 
Man City
15:00
Away Win
  83%
83%
22.00
21/1
2100
5%
8.50
15/2
750
11%
1.17
1/6
-588
83%
EPL22 15:00
Liverpool
 v 
Southampton
15:00
Home Win
  83%
83%
1.20
1/5
-500
83%
7.50
13/2
650
12%
18.00
17/1
1700
5%
EPL22 15:00
Man Utd
 v 
Wolves
15:00
Home Win
  63%
63%
1.57
4/7
-175
63%
4.20
16/5
320
22%
6.50
11/2
550
15%
CHA22 15:00
Nottm Forest
 v 
Rotherham
15:00
Home Win
  61%
61%
1.65
13/20
-154
61%
4.00
3/1
300
23%
6.00
5/1
500
16%
LG122 15:00
Barnsley
 v 
Burton
15:00
Home Win
  60%
60%
1.60
3/5
-167
60%
4.20
16/5
320
22%
6.00
5/1
500
19%
LG122 15:00
Portsmouth
 v 
Wycombe
15:00
Home Win
  59%
59%
1.67
4/6
-149
59%
3.90
29/10
290
22%
5.30
17/4
430
19%
LG122 15:00
Sunderland
 v 
Rochdale
15:00
Home Win
  59%
59%
2.00
1/1
-100
59%
3.80
14/5
280
22%
3.60
13/5
260
19%
EPL22 15:00
Leicester
 v 
Huddersfield
15:00
Home Win
  59%
59%
1.62
8/13
-161
59%
3.90
29/10
290
24%
6.50
11/2
550
17%
EPL22 17:30 BT
Brighton
 v 
Spurs
17:30 BT
Away Win
  58%
58%
4.80
19/5
380
20%
3.90
29/10
290
22%
1.80
4/5
-125
58%
CHA22 15:00
A Villa
 v 
Sheffield We
15:00
Home Win
  57%
57%
1.57
4/7
-175
57%
4.30
33/10
330
24%
6.25
21/4
525
19%
LG222 15:00
Exeter
 v 
Cheltenham
15:00
Home Win
  55%
55%
1.87
20/23
-115
55%
3.80
14/5
280
23%
4.33
10/3
333
22%
LG122 15:00
Charlton
 v 
Plymouth
15:00
Home Win
  54%
54%
1.91
10/11
-110
54%
3.60
13/5
260
24%
4.20
16/5
320
22%
CHA22 15:00
West Brom
 v 
Millwall
15:00
Home Win
  54%
54%
1.75
3/4
-133
54%
3.80
14/5
280
24%
5.00
4/1
400
22%
CHA22 15:00
Leeds
 v 
Birmingham
15:00
Home Win
  54%
54%
1.80
4/5
-125
54%
3.75
11/4
275
23%
4.80
19/5
380
23%
CHA22 15:00
M'Boro
 v 
Swansea
15:00
Home Win
  53%
53%
1.73
8/11
-137
53%
3.80
14/5
280
25%
5.50
9/2
450
22%
CHA22 15:00
Stoke
 v 
Blackburn
15:00
Home Win
  52%
52%
2.10
11/10
110
52%
3.40
12/5
240
24%
3.90
29/10
290
24%
LG122 15:00
Doncaster
 v 
Bradford
15:00
Home Win
  51%
51%
1.72
8/11
-139
51%
3.90
29/10
290
25%
5.10
4/1
410
24%
LG222 15:00
Stevenage
 v 
Grimsby
15:00
Home Win
  51%
51%
1.91
10/11
-110
51%
3.75
11/4
275
25%
4.40
17/5
340
24%
CHA22 15:00
Ipswich
 v 
Bolton
15:00
Home Win
  51%
51%
2.00
1/1
-100
51%
3.40
12/5
240
24%
4.30
33/10
330
25%
LG222 15:00
Bury
 v 
Carlisle
15:00
Home Win
  49%
49%
1.80
4/5
-125
49%
4.00
3/1
300
25%
4.60
18/5
360
26%
CHA22 15:00
Sheff Utd
 v 
Preston
15:00
Home Win
  49%
49%
1.87
20/23
-115
49%
3.70
27/10
270
25%
4.40
17/5
340
26%
LG222 15:00
Forest Green
 v 
Crawley
15:00
Home Win
  48%
48%
1.95
19/20
-106
48%
3.60
13/5
260
24%
4.00
3/1
300
27%
CHA22 15:00
Reading
 v 
Hull
15:00
Home Win
  46%
46%
2.50
6/4
150
46%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
3.05
41/20
205
29%
LG222 15:00
Tranmere
 v 
Newport C
15:00
Home Win
  46%
46%
2.05
21/20
105
46%
3.50
5/2
250
25%
3.80
14/5
280
29%
EPL22 15:00
C Palace
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Newcastle
15:00
Home Win
  45%
45%
2.20
6/5
120
45%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
3.75
11/4
275
28%
LG222 15:00
Lincoln
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MK Dons
15:00
Home Win
  45%
45%
2.05
21/20
105
45%
3.50
5/2
250
26%
3.60
13/5
260
29%
LG122 15:00
Southend
 v 
Fleetwood
15:00
Home Win
  44%
44%
2.00
1/1
-100
44%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
4.00
3/1
300
30%
LG222 15:00
Northampton
 v 
Notts C
15:00
Home Win
  43%
43%
1.95
19/20
-106
43%
3.80
14/5
280
25%
4.00
3/1
300
31%
LG122 15:00
Bristol R
 v 
Coventry
15:00
Home Win
  43%
43%
2.35
27/20
135
43%
3.50
5/2
250
25%
3.25
9/4
225
31%
LG222 15:00
Crewe
 v 
Port Vale
15:00
Home Win
  42%
42%
2.80
9/5
180
42%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.70
17/10
170
32%
LG122 15:00
Gillingham
 v 
Peterborough
15:00
Away Win
  42%
42%
3.20
11/5
220
32%
3.80
14/5
280
26%
2.20
6/5
120
42%
LG222 15:00
Cambridge U
 v 
Mansfield
15:00
Away Win
  42%
42%
3.00
2/1
200
32%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
2.40
7/5
140
42%
LG122 15:00
Oxford Utd
 v 
Walsall
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.20
6/5
120
40%
3.65
13/5
265
26%
3.30
23/10
230
34%
EPL22 12:30 SKY
Fulham
 v 
Watford
12:30 SKY
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.55
31/20
155
40%
3.50
5/2
250
26%
3.00
2/1
200
34%
LG222 15:00
Yeovil
 v 
Swindon
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.05
21/20
105
40%
3.80
14/5
280
26%
3.50
5/2
250
34%
LG122 15:00
Accrington
 v 
AFC Wim
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
2.45
29/20
145
40%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
2.95
39/20
195
33%
LG122 15:00
Scunthorpe
 v 
Shrewsbury
15:00
Home Win
  40%
40%
3.10
21/10
210
40%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
2.40
7/5
140
33%
LG222 15:00
Morecambe
 v 
Macclesfield
15:00
Home Win
  39%
39%
2.35
27/20
135
39%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
3.15
43/20
215
34%
EPL22 15:00
Burnley
 v 
Bournemouth
15:00
Home Win
  39%
39%
3.00
2/1
200
39%
3.40
12/5
240
27%
2.63
13/8
163
35%
LG222 15:00
Oldham
 v 
Colchester
15:00
Home Win
  38%
38%
2.63
13/8
163
38%
3.30
23/10
230
26%
2.80
9/5
180
35%
CHA22 15:00
Derby
 v 
Brentford
15:00
Away Win
  38%
38%
3.20
11/5
220
36%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
2.38
11/8
138
38%
LG122 15:00
Blackpool
 v 
Luton
15:00
Home Win
  38%
38%
2.87
15/8
187
38%
3.50
5/2
250
26%
2.55
31/20
155
36%
CHA22 17:30 SKY
QPR
 v 
Norwich
17:30 SKY
Home Win
  37%
37%
2.55
31/20
155
37%
3.40
12/5
240
26%
2.90
19/10
190
37%
Sunday 23rd SeptemberSun 23rd SeptemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
EPL23 16:00 SKY
Arsenal
 v 
Everton
16:00 SKY
Home Win
  64%
64%
1.47
40/85
-213
64%
5.00
4/1
400
20%
7.00
6/1
600
17%
EPL23 13:30 SKY
West Ham
 v 
Chelsea
13:30 SKY
Away Win
  62%
62%
6.25
21/4
525
17%
4.50
7/2
350
21%
1.62
8/13
-161
62%
Tuesday 25th SeptemberTue 25th SeptemberPREDICTION %homedrawaway
EFL25 19:45
Oxford Utd
 v 
Man City
19:45
Away Win
  80%
80%
21.00
20/1
2000
7%
9.00
8/1
800
12%
1.17
1/6
-588
80%
EFL25 20:00 SKY
Man Utd
 v 
Derby
20:00 SKY
Home Win
  74%
74%
1.25
1/4
-400
74%
6.50
11/2
550
16%
15.00
14/1
1400
10%
EFL25 19:45
Bournemouth
 v 
Blackburn
19:45
Home Win
  58%
58%
1.62
8/13
-162
58%
4.10
31/10
310
22%
6.50
11/2
550
20%
EFL25 19:45
Burton
 v 
Burnley
19:45
Away Win
  51%
51%
4.00
3/1
300
25%