West Ham have reportedly submitted an offer for Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik, but if he signs, David Moyes must avoid the problems that plagued Sebastien Haller.
According to CalcioNapoli24, the Irons have offered £6.2million for Milik who, like Haller, could arrive with a good reputation of playing for a strong side who competed both domestically and in Europe.
The Poland international has found himself somewhat redundant this term but in the previous two seasons he has scored 28 goals in 61 league games.
He could be a very effective addition, therefore, if West Ham know how to use him.
At 26-years-old and just four centimetres smaller Milik bears similarities to Haller, and like the recently-departed forward he will be somewhat reliant on his teammates to create chances for him.
This is where a potential problem lies, as Haller often found himself isolated and crowded out up-front, with limited support from Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen.
As we can see below, there is a risk of the same happening to Milik.
In the first situation, Milik was crowded out by four defenders, with two in front to cut out the cross, while the striker’s positioning makes it almost impossible for his teammate to find him.
Haller experienced this issue, and what West Ham must do is put more attackers in the box in order to create more space for the main striker – something Napoli failed to do here.
One positive of Milik’s game is his movement, and an ability to open up space, with the example below brilliantly showing off his intelligence in creating space for a teammate.
Against Inter Milan above he made sure to target the left-back before drawing him out of position, and that is an indication into how he could help Bowen.
The Napoli player on that occasion had his shot saved, but if the Irons can stretch defences in that manner we should have a lot of joy.
Milik’s movement can allow him to get on the end of crosses too, with the image below offering a glimpse into his determination, which hopefully Moyes can play on if he arrives.
Of course, the issue here is not with Milik but rather the quality of service.
The striker ended up scoring from this action against Barcelona, albeit from an offside position, but he is unlikely to receive the ball in such positions at the London Stadium due to the poor quality of delivery.
Fornals has completed just 0.2 crosses per game this term, and Bowen one, per WhoScored.
Signing Milik would be a bit of a gamble, therefore, but certainly one that is worth taking if Moyes knows how to accommodate him.