More prolific than Haller: West Ham’s summer target vindicates 2019 interest – opinion

This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…

West Ham were on a hunt for some reinforcements for their forward line in the 2019 summer transfer window.

In the end, the Hammers went with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastian Haller, and by all means, the now 25-year-old Frenchman ended up being quite a scoop.

After all, he has managed to bag four goals and one assist across all competitions in 2019/20 but the team’s struggles as a collective have somewhat dampened his contribution.

West Ham are currently sitting in 13th spot in the Premier League table and things are not exactly looking rosy for Manuel Pellegrini.

And maybe they might be wondering if things could’ve been any different had they actually managed to snatch away Maxi Gomez from Valencia’s jaws back in the summer.

According to some older reports, the Hammers were willing to splash the cash to land the now 23-year-old forward but alas, it was not enough and he remained in La Liga, moving from Celta Vigo to Valencia instead.

Looking at his numbers right now, it’s pretty safe to say he warranted his links to the east London outfit.

Even though the team is currently sitting in eight and could be doing much better, Gomez is having a decent season nonetheless.

So far, he’s tallied six goals and two assists across all competitions and is Valencia’s top goal-scorer along with Dani Parejo.

Interestingly enough, his contribution is rather similar to that of Haller for West Ham.

While the Uruguayan has a couple of goals more to his name, they are rather similar in other aspects of their game, but with the younger forward actually slightly outperforming his counterpart in some categories.

Maxi Gomez vs Sebastian Haller - More prolific than Haller: West Ham's summer target vindicates 2019 interest - opinion

Gomez has managed to score more goals in fewer shots on average, recording six in 1.1 as opposed to Haller’s four in 2.2.

The Frenchman, however, has slightly higher figures in key passes per game with 0.8 compared to 0.5 but is also a slightly worse dribbler with 0.2 per game as opposed to the Uruguayan’s 0.4.

But ultimately only fine margins separate the two players so far this season.

Would things be much different had the Hammers managed to snatch Gomez instead of their current forward?

It’s difficult to say for sure but there’s no doubt they would have been on to a prolific marksman if they’d clinched Gomez’s signature.

The statistics at the end of the season may well paint a clearer picture.

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