Abdallah Sima – SK Slavia Prague
The closest poll of the three votes was about who should be the man to bang in the goals next season for West Ham. As Michail Antonio is the only recognised senior striker at the club, it’s crucial the club sign a new striker for the next season. Especially when taking into consideration Antonio’s injury record.
Blackburn’s Adam Armstrong was dead last in the vote with only 7.1 per cent. The next three options were very close. Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham received 29 per cent, Brentford’s Ivan Toney was second with 30.3 per cent. The winner was, however, Abdallah Sima with 33.5 per cent of the vote.
Sima might be the least experienced striker on this list at only 19-years-old, but he is showing fantastic promise in the Czech League. The striker has scored 19 goals in 29 games for SK Slavia Prague in all competitions, including a brilliant striker against Leicester City in the Europa League.
The Senegalese forward can also play on the right-wing and has provided five assists for his teammates. West Ham have a good relationship with Slavia Prague. Although their President has played down the officiality of it, the Hammers could have an advantage on rivals for Sima’s signature.
While Sima’s stats are impressive, and there is clearly potential in him to become a world-beater, it may be too soon for him to be a reliable goalscorer in the Premier League. Having said that, with the footballing education he has had from Prague, and if he takes to the League like Soucek and Coufal, it could finally be the answer to West Ham’s decade long striker hunt.
If West Ham follow the fans advice, it could be an exciting summer for transfer business at the London Stadium.