West Ham opinion: The Hammers should go all out for Borja Iglesias
Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias had an excellent debut campaign in the La Liga, managing 17 goals in 37 games. That has seen him attract a lot of interest from Premier League clubs, including West Ham.
Very recently, West Ham signed goalkeeper Roberto Gago on a free transfer from Espanyol who will be a back up to Lukasz Fabianski. Now, Roberto happens to be best friends with Borja Iglesias, with the latter considering him as an uncle. (h/t Sport Witness)
There’s every chance that new signing Roberto Gago could persuade Iglesias to join West Ham, knowing both are very close and stay in the same building. And the interesting part is, the Hammers actually need a striker this summer.
Manuel Pellegrini has already made three signings in the summer transfer window, as West Ham aim to break into the top-six next season. However, if Pellegrini and co. are serious about achieving a place in Europe, a new striker must surely arrive to bolster West Ham’s attacking options.
Javier Hernandez is facing an uncertain future at the club, while West Ham have released Andy Carroll and sold Lucas Perez to Alaves this summer. Should Hernandez exits the club, Pellegrini would be left with Marko Arnautovic as the only recognised striker, although Michail Antonio can also lead the line when required.
But could Iglesias be the answer to West Ham’s goalscoring problems? The Spaniard struck 20 times in all competitions for Espanyol this past season, so there is no doubting his goalscoring ability.
He spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Real Zaragoza from Celta Vigo, where he netted 22 goals in the second-tier of Spanish football to thus earn his transfer to Espanyol.
Standing at 6ft 2in, Iglesias is an out-and-out centre-forward, known for his clinical finishing and ability to create chances for his teammates. He is aerially dominant and his physique allows him to be a nuisance in the box for the opposition defenders.
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The 26-year-old holds the ball up brilliantly and helps bring others into the game and could potentially form a good partnership with Arnautovic and share the goalscoring burden.
All in all, the Spaniard has proven in the La Liga that he can consistently find the back of the net and thus would be a superb addition to Pellegrini’s attack.
Espanyol are under no pressure to sell their star striker and West Ham will have to come up with a very good offer to tempt them into selling Borja Iglesias after just one superb season at the club.