Monday 19 December 2016

Can Bilic find another Vaz Te?

SuperSlav left his staff in no doubt how he feels about our recent form despite capturing an impressive 7 points in the past week by postponing the staff Christmas party until the New Year. Bilic will be well aware that Saturday's victory was one of major good fortune as we could so easily have been given a thumping by the Premiership's bottom club!

With nine days until our visit to Swansea, Bilic will be using the time to try to work on our formation which again misfired at the weekend as Hull flooded through midfield creating a host of decent opportunities and rattling the woodwork on three occasions without actually scoring. Quite simply, Slav will feel that there's no need for a Christmas Party cos Santa came on Saturday!

In addition, SuperSlav will undoubtedly be looking a potential captures in the January transfer window as we lack a reliable right back or striker. With loanees such as Calleri, Tore and Zaza all likely to be returned to sender, we will have plenty of room in the squad for new recruits. The problem is, of course, that midseason acquisitions raely work out in the longer term.

Never the less, Hammers fans will remember Ricardo Vaz Te with fondness as the Portuguese hitman arrived in January 2012 and proceeded to bang in ten crucial goals that sealed our return to the Premiership. Thereafter, Vaz Te managed only the occasional strike as he proved to be one of those players who is better suited to the Championship than the first tier.

As we pin our ears to the ground it's hard to know who we might capture as most of the names touted to date are unlikely to actually materialise - Batsuayi, Sturridge, Bacca etc. Moreover, given the chaos at the club right now one wonders who would actually be likely to join us?

Let's hope that Bilic has some special knowledge of international football and can identify a suitable striker. To date, his record in signing forwards is pretty underwhelming - Jelavic, Zaza, Emenike, Calleri.....hmmm.


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