Five things Chamakh can bring to West Ham

Marouane Chamakh is signing for West Ham United on a six month loan deal, here are five things he can bring to the club.

David Sullivan’s son confirmed via Twitter that Marouane Chamakh is joining the club on a six month loan deal; @jsullivanwhu: I am very sorry about this news Chamakh has sign a 6 month loan deal! not my pick :(

Well yes he may not be everybody's cup of tea, but here is a look at five things the Moroccan can bring to the Hammers.


Experience is one of the things that Sam Allardyce always seems to look for in a new arrival. Chamakh has played over 250 games for Bordeaux and Arsenal and he has won over 60 caps for Morocco. In short, Allardyce won’t have to do too much coaching because Chamakh is already experienced in a number of different roles and styles.

Ball Retention

There can be little doubt that Chamakh’s control and ball retention will aid the West Ham attack. He has spent the last three years at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, a manager who defines his sides by the way they control and move the ball. This means chamakh can be effective for West Ham holding the ball up and bringing others into play.


Chamakh aids West Ham in terms of cover. Andy Carroll picking up an injury meant Carlton Cole was the primary striker at the club and Chamakh’s arrival gives Allardyce a greater chance of being able to keep his squad fresh. He creates different options instead of having to play 4-5-1 centred around Cole each week.


Many West Ham fans won’t realise or don’t know that Chamakh is well over six feet tall at six feet and two inches; similar in stature to Carroll and Cole. This means the manager, and the team, don’t have to do anything fundamentally different to incorporate Chamakh into the team. West Ham don’t play hoof ball any way but it means they retain their aerial threat from set pieces and open play.


West Ham are getting a player with a point to prove. He should be busting a gut to make an impression during his six months at West Ham because he has not played a single game so far this season for Arsenal. He has made only four starts in the entire season; two for Morocco, one in the League Cup and one in the Champions League. He is far better than that and Allardyce has the ability to get the most out of his hunger and desire.

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