West Ham United’s fan favourite forward Marko Arnautovic has headed off to the Chinese Super League, but who can fill his boots?
As reported by the West Ham United website a move to China has been confirmed for Marko Arnautovic, who has spent two seasons at West Ham United. The 30-year-old Austrian scored 22 goals in 65 appearances for the London team, becoming a beloved member of the West Ham community and undoubtedly a hero amongst fans.
West Ham United’s number seven was given a very brief send-off. Instantly dividing fans between those who see his move as a betrayal and those who are grateful for his services to the club.
Gary Lineker poked fun at the bitterness of the fifty-four word send off on Twitter, saying in jest “Lovely send off for Arnautovic from the Hammers’ Twitter account.“
However, one fan may have hit the nail on the head by responding with:
“He had the whole club and fanbase at his feet worshipping him and then he threw it all in our faces in January, and now 6 months later after we gave him a pay rise he wants out again for greed, so why should we give him a good send-off?“
With the Austrian’s departure confirmed, Manuel Pellegrini now needs a replacement striker.
Ex-Manchester United man, Javier Hernandez, or Chicharito, scored a fair 7 goals in 25 appearances last season for West Ham. However useful it may be to have this Mexican super-sub in the ranks for your squad, it is of great importance that The Hammers bring in a prolific first-team striker.
So, The Football Manc Cave has two players in mind for Pellegrini to replace Arnautovic with…
Swansea City’s 23-year-old striker made his mark on the Championship last season by finishing as the 7th top scorer in the competition, finishing the campaign with 22 goals and 4 assists. McBurnie holds the fantastic achievement of scoring 77 goals in 157 career appearances. Despite only having 16 Premier League appearances to his name.
Sharing game time with the experienced Chicharito for a season before being fully established as a Premier League striker, could see the significance of Swansea City’s Scottish striker soar tremendously.
At a sweeter penny, West Ham has been linked to Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez since January 2019, when Arnautovic began to stress his move to China. The 22-year-old striker scored 13 goals and got 5 assists in La Liga last season, and could transfer these goal-getting skills into the Premier League. After receiving approximately £25million for Arnautovic, West Ham are ready and able to make a bid in the region of £50million for the striker.