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Is This Bournemouth Attacking Stalwart The Answer To West Ham’s Goal Drought?

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Following a goal tally of 19 in 17 league games, West Ham sure have problems at the front, just like they do at the back. With -12 goal difference, only 3 clubs are worse than the Hammers in that regards, highlighting just how poor they have been in the final third since the season started.

First choice striker Andy Carroll just returned from a 4-month injury layoff, while Diafra Sakho is back on the treatment table. Summer recruitments Zaza and Jonathan Calleri have failed to contribute anything to the club’s attacking cause, and have left Bilic with no choice than to stick with the relatively inexperienced 21-year-old Ashley Fletcher at times.

West Ham have had to rely on Antonio for the goals, with the England international weighing in 7 goals thus far, while Lanzini, Payet and Noble have weighed in 3, 2 and 2 goals respectively.

In light of that, the London outfits have identified Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson as a prospective January signing, in the hope that the 24-year-old could be the answer to their goal drought.

Everton are also said to be interested in luring the former Coventry striker from the Vitality Stadium, prompting the question: Is Chambers the solution to West Ham’s goals problem?

The Bournemouth striker saw a career-threatening injury ruin his debut Premier League campaign last season, but he still managed to score 5 goals in 13 league appearances. This term, Wilson has 5 goals in 16 EPL appearances and looks well on course to continue a decent run in finding the back of the net.

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The former England youth international continues to near a national team call up, but actually shot into the limelight in the 2014-15 Bournemouth Championship-winning season, as his 20 league strikes in the division helped promote The Cherries and also saw some clubs keep an eye on him.

Wilson is quite the finisher and continues to prove to be so. He has helped his teammates with 8 goalscoring chances and has hit 52% of his attempted shots on target, with 45% hitting the back of the net in the league.

He has been responsible for 20% of his club’s total goals in the Premier League, and he is one of the main reasons they are 10th on the log and have had a decent run of 6 wins and 3 draws.

If Eddie Howe would be happy to let him go even for the £20-something million reported fees on his head remains unknown, as he has proven to be very integral to the team’s campaigns ever since his arrival.

The striker is an all-round player who helps the team a lot with his abilities, and that he has often excelled even as a lone forward means he would do better alongside another striker in Bilic’s 2-man forward system.

His combination with a fit Andy Carroll could prove too much to handle for defences, as West Ham can choose to play both aerial and ground balls to their strikers in order to get the goals.

Callum Wilson has shown the stuff he is made of, and given the quality of attacking options West Ham have, he has a very big chance of putting a stop to the goal drought threatening to send the Hammers down to the Championship.