Date: 31st July 2019 at 1:56pm
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In recent years West Ham’s front line has been centred around a big striker. Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic both stand at six foot four, and they had been key players for the Hammers in recent years. However, both players have now left the club, and there are gaps to be filled.

Of course, the Hammers have done an excellent job in bringing in Sebastien Haller as a replacement. Last season the Frenchman won on average 6.9 aerial duels per game, which is the third most out of any player in Europe.

Problems may arise at the London Stadium this season though when Haller picks up an injury or a suspension.

The striker has missed games through injury in the past, and despite being a prolific scorer and assister for Eintracht Frankfurt, he started only 23 league games last term.

If Haller is forced to spend a period on the sidelines this season, then West Ham will have to completely change the way their attack operates, due to the fact their backup striker is so different to the Frenchman.

Javier Hernandez stands at just five foot nine, and last season he won just 0.5 aerial duels per game, so it is clear to see that he is a different type of striker.

This means that if Haller was struck with an injury, the Hammers would have to completely change their game from attempting to feed one of the deadliest aerial presences in Europe to catering for a striker who can’t really do much in the air.

Therefore, it would make sense for the London club to bring in another attacking option with a bit more of a physical presence.

Rather than having to completely adapt their game for a different type of forward, the Hammers would then be able to play the same kind of football, just with a different man leading the line.

 

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