One-time West Ham target Sergi Enrich superbly ends barren run - against Barcelona

West Ham United's Croatian manager Slaven Bilic gestures during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Huddersfield Town at The London Stadium, in east...

West Ham United were reportedly willing to pay £5m for Eibar striker Sergi Enrich at the start of the transfer window.

David Sullivan, West Ham owner and David Gold, West Ham chairman look on during the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley,...

There’s an unfortunate statistic that sticks in the memory when considering the transfer business conducted by Davids Gold and Sullivan since they took joint control of West Ham in 2010.

In six years, 32 strikers arrived at the club and averaged just six goals between them. From the anonymous Brian Montenegro and Marouanne Chamakh to the expensive disappointments Modibo Mariga and Enner Valencia, it is clear to see where West Ham’s primary problems had lied in recent years.

Therefore, perhaps the fact that club’s reported interest in Eibar’s £5 million-rated striker Sergi Enrich, per the Sunday People, came to nothing is a blessing in disguise.

Sergi Enrich of SD Eibar duels for the ball with Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and FC Barcelona at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on March 6, 2016 in...

A strapping Spanish targetman who has been hugely influential for La Liga’s smallest ever club since their promotion in 2015/16, Enrich is nonetheless a striker who tends to score in bursts.

Would Sergi have Enriched West Ham?

The 27-year-old started last season in fine form, netting 10 goals in the top flight up till late-February. However, Enrich’s form dropped dramatically in the final few weeks of the campaign and it is only now that he looks to have found his shooting boots again.

It just so happens, however, that Enrich’s second goal in his last 19 La Liga appearances came against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Eibar's forward Sergi Enrich (C) vies with Barcelona's defender Brazilian Defender Marlon (L) and Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (R) during the Spanish league football match...

And it just so happens that it was extremely well-taken, Enrich classily converting a pinpoint David Junca cross to give the away supporters something to cheer in between six Barcelona goals.

However, the nomadic striker’s cool volley should not fool West Ham. He lacks the consistency to lead the line for a club as ambitious as West Ham and Messrs Gold and Sullivan could do without another striking flop on their hands.

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