Theo Walcott is apparently a transfer target for West Ham, but Slaven Bilic would be wise to steer clear.
The 27-year-old has long lobbied to be allowed to play as a central striker at Arsenal, but Slaven Bilic would be wise to steer clear.
Across all competitions, the England international has only scored nine times in 38 appearances, hardly a tally that justifies his desire to lead the line for the Gunners.
Bringing in such a goal-shy striker would be an unnecessary risk for the Hammers, especially when you consider how much homegrown players cost in the current market.
Manchester City had to shell out nearly £50m for Raheem Sterling this summer, while Newcastle United parted with over £20m to bring in Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend, meaning West Ham would most likely need a sizeable investment to bring in Walcott.
This looks even more wasteful if you further examine the Arsenal man.
The forward has only managed two assists in the Premier League for the Gunners, the same amount as Alex Iwobi, who has started just three games for the north Londoners.
Furthermore, only Olivier Giroud has a worse pass success rate than Walcott of any of the outfield players Arsene Wenger has to call on that have made over 20 top-flight appearances this term.
Even more troublingly in terms of a move to Upton Park, on average Walcott wins only 0.2 of aerial duels in the Premier League over the season.
This would force West Ham to change their approach if the 27-year-old remained insistent on his desire to start in a central position, with the Hammers utilising larger target men this season.
Andy Carroll averages 3.4 won aerial duels a game, the best of anyone in the east Londoners’ squad, while Diafra Sakho is close behind on 2.9.
Replacing them with a diminutive frontman who can’t compete in the air would be wasting one of the Hammers’ key threats.