Remember our first piece on Bilic, where we talked about his need for a striker at West Ham? That need has been fulfilled by the greatest striker Croatia has ever seen play, in Scotland, for the Rangers, between 2010- 2012. Nikica Jelavic signed a 2 year – £3M deal with the Hammers. Not only did Bilic pick up a striker, he also managed to get Victor Moses (Chelsea) and Alex Song (Barcelona) on loan deals. Before his match on Saturday, Bilic told media that his bench lacked depth because they had let a number of players go after not fitting into the West Ham system. Whether the players didn’t fit his system or he needed to free up space for these transfers, Bilic was able to add some serious fire power to an offense that needed a little bit more.
This move for Jelavic is a no brainer. The £3m price tag shows his value in the Premier League these days, which is a great chip to have on your shoulder if you’re a 30 year old striker trying to prove your worth. He’s also got a great chance to rise in the ranks, after Sakho has netted 0 goals and has been hampered by injuries. If Jelavic can grab at least 1 goal in 2 games, he’s going to be starting for the Hammers. Does Jelavic actually have a chance to start, or are you just writing this for clicks? Did Slaven Bilic play guitar in a rock band? The answer to both of those questions are the same, so you do the math.
What’s your take on Jelavic? Is he washed up, or do you think Bilic will be able to squeeze that final bit of glory out of the 30 year old striker?