Consecutive 0-0 draws led West Ham boss Sam Allardyce to suggest that if his side could start scoring goals they’d be sorted and with great claret and blue hope Andy Carroll on the injury list for another month at least the Daily Mirror reports a renewed effort to lure Demba Ba back to Upton Park is being plotted.
The Hammers drew a blank in a double-bagel snooze-fest at Carrow Road last term and it’s 2/1 that they are unable to breach Norwich in East Anglia in their next outing.
Ba smashed 36 goals in 66 Premier League games before his move to Stamford Bridge.
The Senegalese is a lethal marksman with his spell at Chelsea excepted, averaging more than a goal every other game during his previous spell with the Irons and then at Newcastle.
Sadly his January move to Stamford Bridge saw him fall foul of Rafael Benitez’s rotation policy, with the Spaniard handing the former Hoffenheim man consecutive starts on just one occasion in the 36 games that followed his arrival last term.
Given a regular starting berth there’s little doubt that he could resume contributing healthily to a Hammers scoring record that currently stands at seven goals from 13 games.
However the striker has previously turned down the chance to play at Upton Park.
Another attempt to sign Ba may not be the most popular move with the West Ham support as he previously turned down a £50,000-a-week contract and a £500,000 bonus in order to invoke his relegation release clause when his goals failed to save the club from relegation in 2010/11.
West Ham could have 14 points more for want of single goal in six of their ten Premier League games this term.
The Hammers have failed to nail at least one goal in six of their ten league games this term and it’s doing their resolute defending a disservice.
Only Spurs have kept more clean sheets this season and if the east London side could call upon a more incisive striker than Ba they could easily be sitting pretty in the top half of the table.