Transfer Talk: Should West Ham go after Blackburn Rovers star man Adam Armstrong?

Transfer Talk: Should West Ham go after Blackburn Rovers star man Adam Armstrong?

Last update: 17 December 2020 Tags: Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Championship. Categories: Premier League, Championship.

West Ham United have just two strikers in their ranks at moment in the form of Sebastien Haller and Michail Antonio. It is likely then that David Moyes will want to bring in a third striker to strengthen his side's attacking nature.

Blackburn Rovers, Premier League champions in 1995, are 11th in the Championship after a 2-1 win over Rotherham United on Wednesday evening.

A stand out performer for Rovers over the last three seasons has been Adam Armstrong.

Initially coming through the Newcastle United academy, Armstrong made loan moves to Coventry, Barnsley and Bolton before settling at Blackburn where he has turned into one of the Championships best strikers.

[caption id="attachment_25288" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Armstrong has represented England at every level including most recently the England Under 21's. Image Credit: The FA.[/caption]

The 23 year-old has made 137 appearances for the Lancashire club finding the back of the net 51 times.

Being able to adapt is something that Armstrong has in his arsenal. Being able to play on both wings has enabled Tony Mowbray to adjust the way that Rovers play with Sam Gallagher, Joe Rothwell, Ben Brereton all switching around the wings with Brereton playing as a striker if needed.

68 games as a left winger has produced 18 goals for Armstrong, being able to cut inside and cross the ball into the box is an issue that West Ham have struggled with.

Between them Haller and Antonio have scored just five goals in the Premier League this season. A two up front formation, would suit both of them. However, with Moyes playing  a 5-4-1 formation at the moment it seems that at least one of them will sit on the bench.

If West Ham were to sign Armstrong then this would enable the formation to change and would also give Moyes a backup if either of the pair pick up injuries which is the case at the moment.

[caption id="attachment_25286" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Tony Mowbray has shaped Adam Armstrong into one of the Championships top scorers. Image Credit: Rovers Chat.[/caption]

Armstrong's awareness is another key attribute. Being able to predict runs and get ahead of the defender means that plenty of space can be created enabling the Newcastle born striker to find the back of the net.

As previously mentioned Armstrong is able to play anywhere across the front as well as dropping back to a midfield role when required.

Playmaker wise , he is able to roam the midfield picking out key passes and creating goal scoring opportunities.

West Ham fans have wanted players that show ambition and a sense of urgency. Armstrong delivers this going forward at every possible moment. Whenever we watch Blackburn he is always in the correct space, and creates danger.

[caption id="attachment_25287" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Armstrong's shot map compared to Brentford striker Ivan Toney. Image Credit: InfoGol.[/caption]

Having someone with this sense of urgency is what the Hammers need, someone who is always there and can benefit from the creativeness of others.

Because of his goal scoring and attacking prowess, Armstrong will mist likely come with a hefty price tag, north of £20m could be a possibility with his former club Newcastle United reportedly having a big sell on clause in his contract.

It is likely that a Premier League club will come calling. Whether that is West Ham United, we will have to wait and see!