West Ham Have Signed 51 Forwards Since 2010 After £35.5 Million Gianluca Scamacca Signing
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West Ham have finally signed a new striker after more than 1000 days, snapping up Sassuolo’s 6ft 5 powerhouse Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo for a fee of £35.5 million.
Scamacca hit 16 goals in Serie A last season and David Moyes will be hoping he can replicate that form leading the line for the Hammers.
Michail Antonio, who has played just about every position for West Ham, proved to be a reliable stop-gap and excelled as a makeshift striker – scoring 10 goals and assisting eight wearing the No.9 shirt in the Premier League last term.
But the East London outfit have had a whole lot of difficulty with strikers/forward players ever since David Gold and David Sullivan bought the club in 2010.
In fact, Scamacca becomes the 51st different attacking arrival in that 12-year period and there have been some monumental flops.
All the way from Rome, Italy…— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 26, 2022
Welcome to West Ham United, Gianluca Scamacca! ✍️ pic.twitter.com/1ed3VOGFcR
Incredibly, 20 out of the 50 players failed to score a single goal for the Hammers - with Benni McCarthy, Mido Marouane Chamakh, Mladen Petric, Simone Zaza, Jordan Hugill and Albian Ajeti among those who 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.
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 tore it up with the Amsterdam club, even hitting 11 goals in eight Champions League appearances last season and becoming the fastest player to reach double figures in the competition's history.
After earning a move to Borussia Dortmund to replace Erling Haaland, a tumour was found in his testicles and he will now undergo chemotherapy treatment. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Meanwhile, Jarrod Bowen has grown into an absolute talisman at the London Stadium. Predominantly playing on the right flank, the former Hereford United man fired 12 goals in the Premier League last term and received a deserved England call up at the end of the campaign.
But while he's been a huge success story since his £18 million transfer from Hull, West Ham's business in attack has largely been extremely poor and they need Scamacca to hit the ground running.
Here is the list in full of all those forwards who came in:
Benni McCarthy – 14 appearances, 0 goals
Mido – 9 appearances, 0 goals
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 – 104 appearances, 27 goals
Nikola Vlasic – 31 appearances – 1 goal
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