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What happened to the 51 forwards West Ham signed since 2010?

Josh Lawless

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What happened to the 51 forwards West Ham signed since 2010?

West ham went over 1000 days without signing a striker before bringing in Italian Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo.

He joined for a fee of £35.5 million after scoring 16 goals in Serie A the previous season and fans of the Hammers will have been hoping he would replicate that form.

However the Italy international was unable to do so, finding the net just three times in the Premier League and not featuring from March onwards.

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A knee injury disrupted his one and only campaign in England, with Scamacca now returning to Italy with Atalanta, who have beaten Inter Milan and Roma to the £21 million signing.

It means they will go into the season with Michail Antonio as their No.9 once again

West Ham have made a loss on Scamacca, who is the 51st forward they have signed since 2010. There have been some almighty flops along the way, as 20 out of the 51 players failed to score a single goal for the club.

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Benni McCarthy, Mido, Marouane Chamakh, Mladen Petric, Simone Zaza, Jordan Hugill and Albian Ajeti all drew a blank.

Andy Carroll scored 34 times in 142 appearances for the Hammers after making a club-record £15 million switch and you might have forgotten that West Ham brought Carlton Cole back on a free just months after releasing him.

Diafra Sakho had a solid season in 2015/15 and looked a real gem after hitting 10 goals in the Premier League, but a bit further line and it was Marko Arnautovic who led the line very well, scoring 22 times in 65 appearances across two seasons.

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Emmanuel Emenike and Lucas Perez didn't do the business and nor did many others, eventually leading to West Ham smashing their transfer record for Sebastien Haller.

The Ivory Coast striker joined for £45 million from Eintracht Frankfurt and scored seven goals in his first season before joining Ajax in an £18.8 million switch halfway through his second campaign.

He became Erling Haaland's replacement at Borussia Dortmund and overcame testicular cancer to return to football.

Jarrod Bowen has been a reliable source of goals for West Ham and after a 18-goal campaign in 2021/22, his 13th goal of the season was the last-gasp winner in the Europa Conference League final against Fiorentina.

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Here is the list in full of all those forwards who came in:

Benni McCarthy – 14 appearances, 0 goals

Mido – 9 appearances, 0 goals

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Ilan – 11 appearances, 4 goals

Pablo Barrera – 23 appearances, 0 goals

Frederic Piquionne – 62 appearances, 11 goals

Victor Obinna – 32 appearances, 8 goals

Demba Ba – 13 appearances, 7 goals

Robbie Keane – 10 appearances, 2 goals

John Carew – 21 appearances, 2 goals

Sam Baldock – 22 appearances, 5 goals

Brian Montenegro – 1 appearance, 0 goals

Joe Dixon – 0 appearances, 0 goals

Nicky Maynard – 17 appearances, 4 goals

Ricardo Vaz Te – 61 appearances, 19 goals

Modibo Maiga – 45 appearances, 7 goals

Andy Carroll – 142 appearances, 34 goals

Sean Maguire – 0 appearances, 0 goals

Marouane Chamakh – 3 appearances, 0 goals

Wellington Paulista – 0 appearances, 0 goals

Mladen Petric – 4 appearances, 0 goals

Carlton Cole – 56 appearances, 9 goals

Jaanai Gordon – 0 appearances, 0 goals

Marco Borriello – 2 appearances, 0 goals

Mauro Zarate – 29 appearances, 7 goals

Diafra Sakho – 71 appearances, 24 goals

Enner Valencia – 68 appearances, 10 goals

Nene – 8 appearances, 0 goals

Martin Samuelsen – 2 appearances, 0 goals

Michail Antonio – 228 goals, 61 goals

Nikica Jelavic – 14 appearances, 2 goals

Emmanuel Emenike – 16 appearances, 2 goals

Luka Belic – 0 appearances, 0 goals

Simone Zaza – 11 appearances, 0 goals

Jonathan Calleri – 19 appearances, 1 goal

Toni Martinez – 3 appearances, 0 goals

Sofiane Feghouli – 27 appearances, 4 goals

Andre Ayew - 50 appearances, 12 goals

Ashley Fletcher – 20 appearances, 1 goal

Marko Arnautovic – 65 appearances, 22 goals

Javier Hernandez – 63 appearances, 17 goals

Jordan Hugill – 3 appearances, 0 goals

Oladapo Afolayan – 1 appearance, 1 goal

Lucas Perez – 19 appearances, 6 goals

Xande Silva – 2 appearances, 0 goals

Andriy Yarmolenko - 86 appearances, 13 goals

Mesaque Dju – 0 appearances, 0 goals

Sebastien Haller – 54 appearances, 14 goals

Albian Ajeti – 12 appearances, 0 goals

Jarrod Bowen – 158 appearances, 40 goals

Nikola Vlasic – 31 appearances – 1 goal

Gianluca Scamacca - 27 appearances - 8 goals

Featured Image Credit: Getty & Footy Renders

Topics: West Ham United, Premier League, David Moyes

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