Should West Ham consider gamble on Wilfried Bony?

Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Norwich City at London Stadium on August 31, 2019 in London, United...

West Ham United sold a number of strikers during the summer, and Manuel Pellegrini's men now look to be light up front.

Sebastien Haller of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Norwich City at London Stadium on August 31, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Sebastien Haller has made a brilliant start to life as West Ham's record signing, scoring three goals in three Premier League games for Manuel Pellegrini's men, including one in the 2-0 win over Norwich City at the weekend.

It is a start that vindicates the club's decision to conduct a major overhaul of their striker options over the summer. Pellegrini ended last season with the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll on his books.

 

However, with the European window now closed, none of the quartet remain at the London Stadium, while the likes of Jordan Hugill and Toni Martinez have also gone.

Instead, Pellegrini is relying on a strike force of Haller, fellow summer signing Albian Ajeti and Xande Silva. There are also players in other areas of the squad who can perhaps also come in to lead the line if required.

Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Norwich City at London Stadium on August 31, 2019 in London, United...

Haller's start suggests that West Ham can cope without the likes of Arnautovic and Hernandez - but they are relying on the 25-year-old staying fit and shouldering the large majority of the goalscoring burden.

Ajeti looks to be a real prospect, but he is also finding his feet in the Premier League. So perhaps, the Hammers should consider taking a gamble and bringing Wilfried Bony in on a free transfer, just to bolster their numbers.

Signing Bony would be a risk, even on a free transfer. He has not reached double figures for league goals since the 2014/15 campaign, during which he left Swansea for Manchester City in a £28 million deal (via BBC Sport). 

Wilfried Bony of Swansea City and Michail Antonio of West Ham United battle for possession during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium on...

But the 30-year-old is a player who knows the league well and has had some success. It would not be a marquee move, and West Ham should only be willing to offer a basic contract.

But it could be a deal that leaves the Irons with a little more security until the January window - especially as he may feel that he has a point to prove after an underwhelming time since joining the Cityzens. 

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