Are attack focused West Ham in danger of neglecting defence?

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United have been linked with a number of forward players this summer.

-  AC Milan's Carlos Bacca celebrates after scoring a goal.

West Ham United supporters are set for an exciting summer as the club have made no secret of their attempts to bring in a big-name striker to compliment their fellow attacking stars.

According to Sky Sports, the Hammers have already seen a bid for AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca rejected while fresh reports in El Confidencial claim Manchester United’s Juan Mata is also a target.

West Ham want to add that extra quality up front in order to help them in their bid for a top four spot, yet they could be in danger of placing too much emphasis on attack and leaving them vulnerable elsewhere.

Kevin Keegan - Newcastle United Manager

Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United were the shining example of what can happen when a side becomes too attack-minded, too intent on entertaining and scoring plenty of goals.

For every time the Magpies tried to steamroller over their opponents, that Kevin Keegan side found themselves open at the back and in the end their defensive frailty was their ultimate downfall.

West Ham already showed signs last season of abandoning their defensive shape, as in their last 10 league games they scored a whopping 23 goals while conceding an alarming 20.

There were high-scoring draws with Leicester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, 3-2 wins over Everton and Manchester United but also a 4-1 defeat to Swansea City where they were countered time and again.

There was a notable shift in the second half of the campaign, with the club managing just four clean sheets after the FA Cup third round early January compared to an impressive seven before that.

While supporters pay good money in the hope or for some the expectancy of seeing the side playing the ‘West Ham’ way, there needs to be cohesion and balance throughout the side.

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejected

With winger Michail Antonio featuring at right-back and previously defensive-minded players such as Mark Noble getting in among the goals, some could argue the balance was disappearing.

And to place further questions over the club’s defensive matters, fresh reports from the Mirror suggest centre-back James Tomkins has become unsettled due to limited game time.

The defence plays an equally important role as the attack in any side, yet thus far West Ham have only been linked one defensive-minded player in Lyon’s Samuel Umtiti (Sky Sports) though Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo claim a deal to Barcelona seems far more likely.

Slaven Bilic has undoubtedly brought the entertainment factor back to the club, yet the Croatian boss must be cautious of going too gung-ho and potentially ruining all the progress which has been made.

West Ham's manager Slaven Bilic looks dejected

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