The Hammers outcast who has hope of a first-team role next year

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West Ham United forward Modibo Maiga has not made much of an impact at the Boleyn Ground so far.

West Ham United forward Modibo Maiga may not have been able to make the impact many had hoped during his spell at the Boleyn Ground so far, but his form while out on loan proves he could still have a part to play.

Maiga's time at West Ham had looked to be all but over when he was loaned out at the start of the season, but he has showcased his talents while with Metz.

The Ligue 1 side have struggled throughout the campaign, but Maiga's record is actually quite impressive for a team near the bottom of the league.

The attacker has scored four goals in 14 appearances for his loan club and has become one of the French clubs most important players.

Although his return to West Ham is unlikely to see him break into their starting line-up next season, the Hammers may have seen enough to suggest he could offer important cover.

Maiga has shown flashes of ability and his main strengths are similar to their current strikers, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.

The pair are both powerful and quick and Maiga is of the same mould, meaning that he looks to be a natural replacement - even if he doesn't have the same quality.

West Ham are short up front too, with Andy Carroll persistently struggling to stay off the treatment table, and they are likely to be searching for cover next year.

With Mauro Zarate and Carlton Cole also appearing to be heading towards the exits, Maiga will feel he has a chance of making an impression next term and will be looking to add a few more goals to his total between now and the end of the season to impress his parent club even further.

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