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West Ham’s decade-long lack of goal scorers summed up by startling figure

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During West Ham United’s scoreless draw with Manchester United on Thursday, commentator Peter Drury made an acute observation that revealed the Hammers’ dreadful decade-long goalscoring record.

According to Drury, the last time a West Ham striker scored more than ten goals in a Premier League season was back in the 2006/07 campaign.

That year it was twice-capped England international Bobby Zamora who achieved the feat, bagging 11 goals as the east London club finished 15th.

Yet in West Ham’s ten top-flight seasons that have followed, no Hammers striker has hit the vaunted 11-goal mark, a striking statistic that is a damning indictment of the club’s poor recruitment.

A Guardian investigation conducted in January 2017 found that West Ham had signed an incredible 32 strikers in the seven seasons since David Gold and David Sullivan bought the club.

This list includes massive flops such as Benni McCarthy, Mido, Marouane Chamakh, Mladen Petric, Simone Zaza, and Jonathan Calleri. Shockingly, all of these strikers scored a combined one goal for West Ham.

This season, Marko Arnautovic is on the brink of finally breaking the decade-long duck. The Serbian sits on ten league goals to date, and will have one final opportunity to end the drought against Everton on Sunday.

The fact that it has taken this long to come close to bringing an end to the embarrassing spell is simply unacceptable for a club of West Ham’s stature. The lack of goalscoring strikers is a massive worry for the Hammers that has held them back during their disappointing 2017/18 campaign.

West Ham have scored just 45 goals in 37 matches, an abysmal goal-to-match ratio that has resulted in a poor goal difference of negative 22.

If Arnautovic is to hit 11 league goals for the Hammers this season, then West Ham can finally put a decade of striking embarrassment behind them.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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New Everton deal great for the future and gets one over on Steven Gerrard

The midfielder has committed his future to Everton until 2020.

Mathew Nash

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This summer saw Rangers appoint Steven Gerrard as manager. The former Liverpool man was swiftly linked with plenty of young talent from Merseyside and not just those he worked with as academy coach at Melwood.

Gerrard was also linked with a move for Everton youngster Alex Denny back in May. As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Rangers were keen as contract talks with Everton had broken down.

However, those deals must have got back underway.  Yesterday, the 18-year-old signed a new deal at Everton.

Denny signed his first professional deal with Everton this week. Whilst keeping him out of the clutches of Liverpool legend Gerrard is a win in itself, Everton fans will be far more excited about what he can bring to the club in the future.

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The England youth international is the latest in a long line of promising talent to emerge at Everton.

With the likes of Jonjoe Kenny, Beni Baningime and Tom Davies in first-team action last term, Denny can easily begin to hope he can follow in such footsteps.

Denny is now contracted at Everton until 2020 and in the next two years will hope to show he is capable of being a star at Goodison Park.

Sorry Stevie G but for now, this one’s a Toffee.

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Liverpool should stay away from Domagoj Vida despite World Cup heroics

Liverpool are reportedly weighing up a move for the Croatian international.

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Liverpool have reportedly joined the race to sign Croatian World Cup star Domagoj Vida, with the Reds looking to bolster their squad depth in a bid to bring Jurgen Klopp his first piece of silverware with the club.

According to the Express, Liverpool have already made a bid for Vida, who is partnering current Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren for Croatia at this summer’s World Cup.

Vida currently plays his football in Turkey with Besiktas, after making a move from Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv back in January but, at 29, is the Croatian international the man to solve Liverpool’s defensive frailties?

Despite impressing at the World Cup, there is no doubt that Liverpool should be aiming higher in a bid to find their £75million centre-back Virgil van Dijk a worthy partner.

It could even be argued that Van Dijk and Lovren did enough to prove to Klopp at the end of last season that they had a solid enough partnership to carry the club forward next season. Howwever, it seems the Liverpool boss still identifies the centre-back position as an area of improvement for the Reds.

Unfortunately, Vida is not in the top bracket of centre-backs that Liverpool so desperately need to partner Van Dijk at the heart of their defence, and making a move for the Besiktas man would be a disappointment to many.

With Klopp on the verge of potential greatness with the Reds, it would be a silly time to invest in any player who is not quite up to scratch.

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Did one year ago today mark the start of Ronald Koeman’s Everton demise?

Everton focussed on one man for too long and never replaced Romelu Lukaku.

Mathew Nash

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This time last year saw Everton busy in the transfer market. Sandro Ramirez arrived from Malaga on the same day the club also procured Michael Keane from Burnley. But it was also the day that reports first started emerging that Everton had targeted the man to replace Romelu Lukaku.

According to The Mirror, the Toffees were lining up a £20 million bid for the Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman was seeing his future at Arsenal cast into doubt by the signing of Alexandre Lacazette and Everton hoped to lure him to Goodison Park.

It was a deal that rumbled on throughout the summer but, in the end, Giroud chose to remain at Arsenal.

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It was, according to Ronald Koeman, the decision that eventually cost him his job at Everton. As he told Voetbal International, as relayed by The Telegraph, they had Giroud ‘in the building’ but he decided he did not want to leave London.

Everton’s inability to replace Lukaku left them desperately short in attack. It proved a massive contributing factor to Everton’s woeful start to the season which saw Koeman dismissed in October.

Giroud, of course, went on to join Chelsea in January.

Everton’s demise from last season, as far as Koeman is concerned, can be pinpointed too hedging their bets on Giroud 12 months ago.

This summer the club must be more fluid in the transfer market.

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