A selection of strikers
Author: Emily Pulham. Published: 9 March 2019 at 10:28am
Written by : @George__Curley
Over the past few weeks West Ham have experimented with different players leading in that pivotal striker role – ranging from the fox in the box in Chicharito, to the aerial presence of Andy Carroll to a bit of a mix in Marko Arnautovic. Pellegrini has tried different strategies to try and deduce his perfect attacking force, but who should start against Cardiff?
Hernández has had mixed reviews from the Hammers faithful in recent seasons, but has somewhat started to find his mojo recently, especially against Liverpool, Fulham and Newcastle. In the fixture against Liverpool he looked a different player, a player that was fresh off the bench at Manchester United creating chances and causing problems for the back four and against Fulham he grabbed (!) himself a goal. He also didn’t have a bad performance against Newcastle – earning a penalty which subsequently led to a goal and a West Ham win. He’s good at holding up the ball and following up on chances; the type of player that would be a useful addition to the team against Cardiff, which reinforces their poor defensive record.
Andy Carroll is seen more as an aerial presence that is able to hold the ball up in advanced positions and is good at creating chances, but his performances of late have been a bit lacklustre. Only recently has the Geordie come back from injury and, although he really hasn’t made much of an impact, he forced a great save from Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson in our 1-0 defeat to Man City. This proves how vital he can be and how he can create space and get a shot away. With Ivory-Coast international Sol Bamba being out due to injury for the Bluebirds, Carroll would be able to have a field-day with the Cardiff defence.
Marko Arnautovic hasn’t quite looked the same since the transfer saga but has slowly started to improve his performances for the Irons providing a good cross and assist for Michail Antonio in our 3-1 home win against Fulham. He is capable of bringing that calmness on the ball countered by his high-intensity on the attack which he can turn on and off on a switch. His attacking mindset is also fulfilled by his attacking partners of Felipe Anderson and Lanzini and could easily get at a weakened Cardiff team.
To really get back into his stride it is vital that it’s Arnautovic who starts this game; this is the perfect game for him, as he could potentially pick up a couple of goals to get his confidence back up, and this foreshadowed confidence would also resonate with the West Ham fans to make them get behind him more.
Let’s face it, he’s our best striker and a game like this would get him back to the former Arnie that we all know and love.