This season has seen a new dawn for West Ham. For years they have been seen as one of the Premier League’s most unfashionable teams, known for their physical, long ball style of play under Sam Allardyce. This season Slaven Bilic has bought a new brand of football to Upton Park, with the likes of Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini providing a fast, more attacking style of play. Things look like they are on the up, but signing Might Batshuayi from Marseille would be huge risk for the London club.
West Ham currently sit sixth in the Premier League, and are well on course for their highest finish in the division since 1999, the days of Paulo di Canio and Ian Wright. They could still sneak into the Champion’s League places, but whatever happens over the next fortnight, it will still be a successful season for the team whose target in August was simply to avoid relegation.
It has been an impressive campaign from some of the players at the club. Dimitri Payet has been talked about as one of the players of the season, while the likes of Michail Antonio and Mark Noble have also earned praise as men discussed in relation to possible England call-ups.
One of their very few issues however has come up front, with Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia all suffering from injuries at various times over the campaign, while the club seem unlikely to renew Emmanuel Emenike’s loan from Fenerbahce. Between the four, they have scored just 17 league goals all season.
Recently, reports have linked West Ham with a possible move for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, who has scored 21 goals in all competitions this season. Despite his impressive goal scoring record this season however, the Hammers should progress with caution.
The fee talked about to bring the 22-year-old to England is around the £31 million mark, an amount that would more than double the club’s transfer record. They would be entering the unknown with a bid for Batshuayi, as although he has shown a lot of talent in his two seasons in France, he isn’t yet a proven goalscorer.
It must also be mentioned that PSG, and maybe a couple of others aside, the French League is pretty weak. There is a lack of defensive talent in the country, and it seems unlikely Batshuayi would score as many goals in the Premier League.
For any club to spend over £30 million on a player who still hasn’t proved himself in a top European league would be a risk, and for a club like West Ham, spending that much on a striker like Batshuayi could be a massive risk.