Date: 14th February 2018 at 6:11pm
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OPINION

West Ham did bring in attacker Jordan Hugill from Preston in the January transfer window, but he is unlikely to solve the long-lasting issue at the club.

The Hammers have failed miserably in recent years with finding a recognised striker to bang the goals in for them.

Injury-prone Andy Carroll may be the best of the bunch, but there is a long list consisting of names such as Nikica Jelavic, Mauro Zarate, Modibo Maiga and Simone Zaza who highlight the forward flops that have been at the London club.

West Ham need a centre-forward that can hit 15-plus goals a season if they are to achieve their ambitions of competing for European spots, which they did achieve only a couple of seasons ago thanks to a shed load of goals from midfield.

They are only 12th in the Premier League table this campaign and during the summer would be wise to splash out a on a new striker that can propel them to new heights.

The jury is still out on Hugill, but it seems very unlikely the 25-year-old can solve all their forward problems.

He had no Premier League experience prior to his London Stadium move and scored 23 goals in 100 Championship matches for Preston.

David Moyes will hope that his January addition can hit the ground running in the top flight, but there is a big chance he will fall into the same trap of being an attacker that flops as he will ultimately be judged on goals.

Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic are the club’s top scorers with seven goals each across all competitions this campaign, which highlights where they need strengthening.