If it weren’t for Leicester City’s dream title run, West Ham United would have been the team everyone would have been talking about. Led by Slaven Bilic, the club achieved their highest point tally ever in the PL era and had their highest seeding in the table since finishing 7th in 2001-02. They set a record for both goals for and goal difference, and for little bits of time even snuck their way into Champions League conversations. They’ll have to instead settle for qualification into the Europa League, but it was more than a job well done for West Ham.
Dimitri Payet was by far the player of the season for West Ham, his dazzling skills and audacious free kicks soon made him the darling of the fans at Upton Park. Bilic will have to make sure the progress doesn’t stop here, a move to the Olympic Stadium will bring in increased revenues along with a new deal, therefore each and every club will have the resources to strengthen their teams this summer The Hammers have been linked with a number of different strikers this summer as they seek to build on an impressive debut season under Slaven Bilic. The manager has been keeping a keen eye on Gomez during Euro 2016, the striker starred on loan for Bilic’s former club Beskitas in the Turkish Super Lig last season.
Gomez is enjoying a kind of a renaissance in recently after he returned to the national team in 2015 after a 436 day absence. Germany struggled in the first two matches against Poland and Ukraine, however with Mario Gotze deployed in a false-9, Gomez returned to the starting eleven against Northern Ireland. He proved to be the match winner in Germany’s final group game against the minnows Northern Ireland. He took his tournament tally to two after he netted in German’s rout over Slovakia in the last-16 tie on Sunday.
The hammers were previously linked to Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, who now seems to be edging closer to a move to Palace after Bilic assured the fans that he won’t be paying over the odds for a player who is still in his infant stages as a professional player. Mario Gomez is a completely different type of striker to Michy Batshuayi. The German is an experienced forward with a host of goals covering leagues such as the Bundesliga and Serie A. he has always been a reliable source of goals for whatever team he has played for. His height makes him a threat aerially, while his incredible ability to find room in the box makes him a deadly poacher as well.
Bilic will do well to get the German striker to West Ham United, it will not only give them a target man upfront who has a knack of scoring goals consistently but world class player who can come in and raise the quality of the team straight away and become a fan favourite in no time.