Happy New Year Hammers fans, and you know what that means – the January transfer window is now open.

There has been quite a bit of talk from West Ham ITKs over the past week about the club signing a proven striker. Jermain Defoe, Scott Hogan and Moussa Dembele steal the headlines with reported bids totalling £31m.

But I ask you this – is spending the money really the answer to our problems? West Ham have never really purchased an out-and-out striker who can regularly score 15+ goals a season, or stay fit, nor have they been able to keep a striker long enough to later sell him when he gets in form and a bigger club table an offer we cannot refuse.

The statistics of our previous transfer activity since 2001 proves how bad we really are in getting a clinical striker with longevity.

The below table will make your eyes hurt. It’s a list of strikers signed on permanent deals from this season all the way back to 2001, showing the price we paid and their goal return in all competitions…

PlayerFeeGoals (all comps)
Antonio Martinez£2.4m0
Andre Ayew£20.5m1
Ashley FletcherFree1
Nikica Jelavic£3m2
Mauro ZarateUndisclosed5
Enner Valencia£12m10
Diafra Sakho£4.5m20
Andy Carroll£15.5m25
Jaanai Gordon£3.5m0
Modibo Maiga£5m7
Sean MaguireUndisclosed0
Freddie Piquionne£1.5m11
Demba Ba£6m7
Frank Nouble£1m1
Benni McCarthy£2.5m0
Diego TristanFree3
Savio Nsereko£9m0
Craig Bellamy£7.5m9
Carlton Cole£3m68
Carlos TevezUndisclosed7
Dean Ashton£7.25m19
Yaniv Katan£100k0
Teddy SheringhamFree30
Sergei RebrovFree2
David Connolly£285k14
Marlon Harewood£500k56
Bobby ZamoraPlayer Exchange40
Brian DeaneFree7
Les FerdinandFree2
Titi Camara£2.2m0
Svetoslav Todorov£500k2

Told you it would hurt your eyes!

Here are the interesting facts from the past 16 years…

  • 25 strikers have scored 353 goals & nine of those strikers have failed to hit the back of the net.
  • £107m is the approximate amount of money that West Ham have spent on Transfers… this is without the player’s weekly wages!
  • This works out that West Ham have spent around £303k per goal on strikers alone.
  • West Ham ‘legend’ Carlos Tevez (7) has scored less goals for the club than Freddie Piquionne (11) and Enner Valencia (10).
  • Carlton Cole is statistically West Ham’s top scorer in the past 16 seasons with 68 goals. He is followed by Marlon Harewood (56) Bobby Zamora (40).
  • Carlton Cole has a goals-per-game ratio of 0.23 goals per game (one goal every 4.3 games).
  • Strikers who signed on a free have scored 49 goals, with Teddy Sheringham scoring over half of them in just two seasons.
  • Diafra Sakho is West Ham’s most prolific goal scorer since 2001, with 20 goals in 52 games – a conversion rate of 0.23 goals per game (one goal every 2.6 games).
  • Interestingly, Sakho’s scoring return is £225k-per-goal… around £84k cheaper than the club’s calculated average over 16 seasons.

These stats are proof that West Ham have really lacked a quality striker since Jermain Defoe left us. Isn’t it ironic that after 16 seasons, 10 managers, nine club captains, two relegations, two promotions, one cup final and spending over a hundred million pounds to get (on average) a pathetic 18 goals-per-season since 2001 that, in January 2017, a 34-year-old Jermain Defoe has been touted as the answer to our problems?

We were thinking of replacing Jermain Defoe with… Jermain Defoe.

Go figure.

Come on you Irons!

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