Slaven Bilic’s response when asked if he will sign a striker in January

Slaven Bilic

West Ham are currently suffering in the midst of an injury crisis.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Slaven Bilic has responded the question as to whether he will look to sign a new striker in January given that Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia are both out injured.

When asked if he will need to buy a new striker, Bilic said: “Not necessarily. We have strikers, and we have different types of strikers. I’m not saying we will not try to get someone, but at this time we’re not thinking about that. Okay we’re going to have a few meetings and all that, but we will see.”

Bilic has remained coy on his potential January transfer moves, although it is hard to disagree that signing a new forward would be a good move.

Sakho and Valencia are both set to be out of action until the New Year, leaving Andy Carroll and Nikica Jelavic as the only out-and-out forwards in the Hammers squad.

Mauro Zarate can play as a forward, but he is not a natural striker suited to leading a 4-2-3-1 system, and Carroll has yet to show he can play in Bilic’s system.

His style of being a target man does not work in a team such as Bilic’s, where he wants to keep the ball on the ground, whilst Jelavic does not seem to be trusted as a potential starting player.

With Sakho and Valencia struggling for fitness this season, it does appear as if signing a new forward in January makes sense, but it will have to be a player who suits Bilic’s system.

The head coach himself has neither confirmed nor denied whether he will be looking to sign a forward, but it would be no surprise to see the East London club attempt to bring in at least one attacker when the transfer window opens.

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