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Evaluating Andrea Belotti: What could he bring to West Ham?

There are four certainties in life: Birth, death, taxes and Andrea Belotti finding the back of the net. But could the Italian be coming to England? Calciomercato.com are reporting Torino want €50m for Belotti if a deal is to be done in January.

“Occhio a Belotti Toro, il West Ham, ora fa sul serio”

Belotti to West Ham is not a joke. It’s serious

The quote says it all really. A man of Belotti’s calibre being linked to (no disrespect) a club possibly below the standard he is capable of performing at. Considering Chelsea and Real Madrid were hunting his signature as recently as the summer, for West Ham to even get in the same room as th Italian sharpshooter would be a triumph in itself.

Of course, when someone as talented as Andrea Belotti gives off even a sniff of being available, clubs circle like hungry sharks, trying their best to get a taste of the Torino man’s world-class finishing. A trio of Spanish clubs, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia, are all prepared to fight West Ham to the death over the signature of Belotti, who has started slightly slower this season with just seven goals in twenty Serie A appearances.

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PROLIFIC: Belotti found the net 26 times during the 2016/17 Serie A season.

Style of Play

He fits the bill. My three P’s. Pace, power, poacher. Trying to put my love for the Italian aside, he is quite possibly the most complete forward since Robert Lewandowski appeared out of thin air. Despite being remarkably lightweight (70kg), his core strength allows him to bounce off challenges, retaining the ball with his tight-knit control before he inevitably fires beyond the keeper, who in all honesty, may as well not be there. Standing at 6ft tall, Belotti is an old-fashioned forward, prepared to make runs into the channel and hold the ball up for teammates.

Don’t worry! Napoli don’t want him anymore.

Being straight with you, I would much prefer him to move to the London Stadium than the Wanda Metropolitano. He is a player that I could see instantly acclimatising to the fast-paced Premier League and would most likely score goals for fun. But at the end of the day, who can ignore Champions League football?

Verdict

You know what? He could quite possibly end up under the tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini. With Morata potentially on his way to Atléti, there’s not much of a chance that they’d go into the market looking for ANOTHER striker. As for Sevilla, this one could be tougher. If you’re a West Ham fan you’ve just got to hope the West Ham officials have the charm to lure Andrea Belotti to the Premier League.

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