In January, West Ham United purchased promising Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill, hopeful the 25-year-old could revitalise a misfiring Hammers attack.
Nonetheless, the £10 million move has turned out to be little more than a squad addition, playing just 22 minutes since signing in January.
The East London club would have been far better off signing a fellow 25-year-old Championship forward: Derby County star Matej Vydra.
Vydra sits atop the Championship top scorer charts this season, with 19 goals in the league and 20 in all competitions. These stats are simply remarkable, revealing Vydra’s lethal finishing ability and vital contributions to the Rams’ promotion push.
Derby manager Gary Rowett tipped Vydra for Premier League greatness last week, in quotes reported by the Derby Telegraph, claiming that the Czech Republic international has the ability to score 20 goals a season in the top flight. Rowett commended the frontman on his knack for creating opportunities and also his defensive work-rate.
This impressive duality will appeal to West Ham supporters, who have been aching for a consistent striker for many a season now. Vydra can provide an impressive striker’s instinct along with a tireless work ethic, serving as a poacher and a crucial first defender alike.
The sorry state of West Ham’s attack is summarised by the pathetically low goal tally their strikers have amassed to date. Their highest goalscorer is Marko Arnautovic with nine goals, and Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll have just ten goals combined this season.
No player has reached double figures for the Hammers, a truly sobering statistic for a Premier League club.
The addition of Matej Vydra this summer would certainly shake up the goal-shy West Ham frontline, and the Hammers should make acquiring the services of the Derby striker a top priority.