The question is – will it be worth the wait? Maynard, at 25, is still a couple of years from his peak and could represent an astute piece of business by Sam Allardyce and the West Ham board.
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Possessing genuine pace, Maynard is a strikers striker, able to sniff out a chance in the box but also able to be lethal from distance. Linking well with Adamoah at Bristol City, Hammers fans will hope he can do the same with another newcomer, Ricardo Vaz Te who has already scored 10 goals this season from wide positions for Barnsley.
Maynard’s scoring record has been impressivescoring 35 goals in 57 starts for Crewe and weighing in with 46 in 130 starts for City. He is a proven goalscorer in the Championship in a struggling side so Hammers fans will hope that the improved quality of players around him will see him add substantially to the 8 goals he has netted this season where injuries and motivation will have played a part in his performances to date.
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One big question is how Maynard will be employed at West Ham. Most of his success has come within a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 line up and with Sam’s liking for one up front it could leave him an isolated figure which would surely defeat the object of bringing him on board. With the right shape and support Maynard could be the key player as Hammers begin the push for promotion.
No doubt a debut in the cauldron that is a home encounter with Millwall will give the former Bristol City man a chance to become an instant hit with the Iron’s faithful. Or will he prove to be another addition to Hammers long list of misfiring attackers???
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