West Ham United should take a gamble on Theo Walcott

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West Ham United have been linked with players from all across Europe during this summer's transfer window but are yet to make their mark with a statement signing that the fans so desperately crave.

Co-chairman David Sullivan has repeatedly spoken of his desire to bring a top class striker to the club, with reported bids for Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi proving to be unsuccessful.

West Ham should look no further than their London rivals Arsenal in their quest for a top quality marksman.


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Theo Walcott was one of the most exciting young English talents to burst onto the scene 10 years ago at Southampton before the Gunners parted with £12 million to secure his services. 

His progression, however, has stalled at the Emirates Stadium, and it seems that a fresh start somewhere else is exactly what the 27-year-old forward needs to reinvigorate his career.

Despite Sullivan's son taking to Twitter earlier this month to deny West Ham's interest in Walcott, nothing is ever straightforward in football, and it would not be a surprise if they were still to make a move for him.

They already have a target man in Andy Carroll, who arguably has the best aerial ability in the Premier League. What the Hammers truly need to elevate themselves to another level, is the addition of a smaller forward, who plays off the shoulder of the last defender. 

They need someone who is equally adept at playing alongside Carroll in a 4-4-2, as they would be out wide on the right as part of the front three in Bilic's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

If West Ham were to sign Walcott, his arrival would create instant competition for Michail Antonio down the right-hand side, which will be especially important after Victor Moses' return to parent club Chelsea.

A move for Walcott would not be completely risk-free, however. 

He has a quite appalling injury record, although he managed to keep himself fit for the last two-thirds of Arsenal's previous campaign. 

His goalscoring record has simply not been good enough either for the Gunners, with a record of just 85 goals in 343 appearances for his club.

In spite of all this, he still has an undeniable talent, and with his electric pace, he is the type of player that defenders hate playing against.

The addition of Walcott would provide West Ham with an entirely different dimension to their attacking play. 

Pace has been something they have severely lacked in the forward department over recent seasons, and that has enabled the opposition to play a high pressing game against them.

With the Arsenal man in their line-up, the fear of being hit on the counter-attack and being exposed by Walcott's speed, would prevent teams from pressurising the Hammers so high up the pitch, and in turn, provide the likes of Mark Noble with more time on the ball to dictate the game.

West Ham should make a move for Walcott now, and although it would be a risk, it would be one completely worth taking.

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