West Ham are rapidly approaching the new Premier League campaign, where the Hammers face a tough start against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Following a turbulent campaign last year, optimism at the London Stadium has risen following the appointment of former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and the activity completed in the market.

With Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko signed, while a deal for Lucas Perez is imminent, West Ham’s attacking options have been significantly bolstered – and one man hopes the new recruits work in his favour.

Speaking at Sky Sports’ Premier League launch show, Austria international Marko Arnautovic revealed he wants to lead West Ham’s line this season as a striker.

“I remember the first few games, I remember how I know myself as a player and that wasn’t it, it was very bad. When I moved here [to striker] seeing my statistics now I want to play as a striker, score goals and help the team as a striker.

“When I was 17, 18 in the Dutch league they sometimes played me as a striker but I was always a winger. I like this position, you feel free, always towards the goals and provide assists, it’s a good position.

“I am not the kind of player who runs away from the ball, I want the ball at my feet and do something.”

After scoring 11 goals and contributing a further six assists last season, Pellegrini should certainly look at Arnautovic as his main man ahead of Javier Hernandez.