West Ham’s search for a prolific striker rumbles on and many fans are frustrated and exhausted by the constant links to forwards.
Croatian international Mario Mandžukić might be deemed surplus to requirements at Juventus with the arrival of Gonzalo Higuaín and he has been linked with a move to East London.
According to the Daily Mail, the former Atletico Madrid man is open to living in London and for the Serie A champions it makes sense financially for them to move on a 30 year old.
Given that Slaven Bilic put forward the Juventus striker’s name to the board, as fans we have to assume despite the fact that he shares similar attributes to Andy Carroll, Bilic feels he can add something different to the squad and score goals.
Mandžukić isn’t renowned for his speed, although he is slightly faster than Carroll. The Croatian striker possesses an impressive skillset considering his playing style, and he is fantastic in terms of bringing players into the game. Known for his fiery temper and imposing an aggressive style, Bilic’s Croatian compatriot could be a perfect fit playing for West Ham.
Valued at roughly £12 million, the signing of Mandžukić could be a real signal of intent for the club and would increase experience and class to an already talented squad.
Recent transfer rumours and news coming from Mandžukić’s agent doesn’t necessarily bode well for West Ham:
“Mario’s position at Juve is not in question. Even if they sign Higuaín there would be no problems.”
Fans shouldn’t necessarily be concerned about this remark as it’s what most agents would say at an early stage of enquires and negotiations.
Premier League defences would be frightened at the possibility of facing up against Carroll and Mandžukić in the same game, whilst they share similar attributes, at the end of the day they both impose themselves and leave their mark on defenders.
In summary, Slaven Bilic has worked closely with the former Bayern Munich striker before and could easily improve his goal scoring record in East London with the creativity coming in the form of the dazzling Dimitri Payet and the already impressive Sofiane Feghouli as well as many others.
According to Sky Sports analyst Adam Bate the Croatian is “is both a physical and mobile striker who does so much of his best work without the ball, seemingly doing the work of two players and thus allowing an extra man in midfield.” The forward may not be the quickest but clearly works incredibly hard for the team, thus combining a physical presence with great stamina.
For the amount of money he could be purchased for, West Ham should seriously consider bringing the 30 year old to East London because an intelligent manager like Bilic can get the best out of him.