Why signing Everton could offer West Ham more options in attack
According to journalist Nicolo Schira (h/t Daily Star), West Ham are keen to make a move for Gremio forward Everton Soares.
The Hammers are interested in the Brazilian and will hold talks with his agent next week, Schira had posted on twitter.
West Ham, meanwhile, ended their eight-match winless streak when they pulled off a shocker by upsetting a stronger Chelsea outfit 1-0 at the weekend.
Though the win was a welcome change in the midst of their poor run of form, it does not entirely wash away the struggles they endured during the majority of the campaign.
So far, the Hammers have just won 4 games from a total of 15 league matches and are in dire need of a change of fortunes.
One of the main reasons for the Hammers’ slump in form this season has been their inability to score consistently. None of Pellegrini’s attackers seemed to have hit top gear and this has resulted in the side scoring just 17 goals so far.
The Chilean’s new French signing Sebastian Haller, who was brought in to add more sting into the Hammers attack, has however failed to do so.
So far, the French striker has managed only four goals from 13 appearances and has not been a consistent performer.
This was even more evident when Pellegrini chose to opt him out of his starting XI in the game against Chelsea, which they ultimately won. Also, talented Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson has looked a mere shadow of his past as he has not yet scored a single goal in the league until now.
Meanwhile, right-winger Andrii Yarmolenko, who has scored 3 goals, has been in and out of the team this season and has clearly not hit top form.
On the other hand, winger Michail Antonio has recently come back after a long injury layoff and has not played many games this season.
Robert Snodgrass is already 32 and does not have many years left on his side. With so many of his attackers yet to hit form, Pellegrini clearly needs someone who can provide some consistency to their attack.
West Ham’s interest Everton does not come as a surprise after his scintillating displays in attack for Brazil in the recently concluded Copa America tournament.
The versatile left-winger, who can also be deployed as a forward, emerged the tournament’s top scorer with 3 goals to his credit, ultimately helping them lay their hands on the coveted trophy.
The 23-year old is also an experienced campaigner, having played 175 matches for Gremio. He has a whopping 47 goals and 16 assists since joining them in 2014.
The Brazilian attacker has been excellent this season too, scoring 11 goals from 28 league games. Hence, it’s no big wonder that West Ham have Everton in their sights, as they clearly need someone in the attack to propel them back to the top of the table.
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With enough senior experience under his belt, it would not take much time for Everton to adjust to life in England if the deal happens. Moreover, Everton could provide Pellegrini with more options in the attack, with the rest of his squad looking completely out of sorts at the moment.