Date: 8th October 2019 at 11:30am
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OPINION

Javier Hernandez’s summer exit and Manuel Pellegrini’s refusal to hand Albian Ajeti a Premier League appearance could mean that West Ham are in the hunt to sign a new centre-forward in the January transfer window.

Sebastien Haller has scored four league goals since his club-record move from Frankfurt in the summer but Pellegrini appears to have a real lack of alternatives to the Frenchman, especially as he does not seem to have any faith in Ajeti as of yet, with the Swiss international yet to play in anything other than the Carabao Cup and yet to score a goal.

It is no surprise, in that case, to see West Ham linked with Wolfsberger centre-forward Shon Weissman, who has had an incredible start to the 2019/20 season by scoring 17 goals in 13 appearances across all competitions.

According to 90min, West Ham are not the only Premier League club who are hot on the heels of the 23-year-old Israel international with Chelsea, Leicester and Tottenham also interested in him.

Weissman only joined Wolfsberger from Maccabi Haifa in the summer and is under contract with the Austrian Bundesliga side until 2021. However that does not mean that a January move is off the cards as this report claims that clubs are eyeing the striker with a view to bolstering their strike force in the winter.

And with West Ham only have two natural strikers in their squad in Haller and Ajeti, there is every chance that Weissman is someone who Pellegrini will consider.

The former Maccabi Haifa man is one of the most in-form strikers in European football at the moment, courtesy of his extraordinary goal count for Wolfsberger.

Weissman even scored a stunning four goals in 36 minutes when Wolfsberger won 5-0 against Mattersburg in August.

It’s not like Weissman can only score against the weaker teams in Austria too because he has also hit the back of the net against Champions League side Red Bull Salzburg and even got on the scoresheet in Wolfsberger’s shock 4-0 win away against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Europa League group stages last month.

According to stats by Football Critic, Weissman is averaging 3.6 shots per 90 minutes of league football at the moment and has also completed 72 per cent of his passes.

In comparison, Haller has averaged 2.4 shots per 90 minutes of Premier League football and has completed 71.9 per cent of his passes [WhoScored].

While there is no doubt that the Premier League is a much stronger league than the Austrian Bundesliga, the fact that Weissman is averaging 3.6 shots per 90 minutes in the league and averaging 1.3 goals per 90 minutes is quite something.

It means that, roughly, for every three shots at goal Weissman has, he hits the back of the net.

West Ham are well within their rights to be in the hunt to sign such a prolific striker.

Although they face competition from Spurs, Chelsea and Leicester, Weissman is definitely the kind of clinical finisher that Pellegrini should be urging David Sullivan to go out and sign.