West Ham Boss Slaven Bilic Concerned by Lack of Goals After Goalless Draw in Friendly
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has expressed his concern over his side's lack of cutting edge in front of goal, following the Iron's 0-0 draw against Sturm Graz II on Monday evening.
Speaking to West Ham United's official website, the Croatian also admitted that his team's deficiencies in front of goal are even apparent in training, but expressed satisfaction at the physical benefits of the friendly.
He said: "It was a competitive game – Sturm Graz were a very lively team and they can play football. Of course they are at a different level, and we should have scored maybe five or six goals.
“But, to be fair, we are not scoring enough goals in training at the moment, so it was the same in the game, but running-wise it was a good session for us.
“It was a good opponent for this stage but if we are looking strictly at the game, we have to score goals.”
The East London side have made no secret of their desire to sign a new striker, as the form of Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Ashley Fletcher has been inconsistent. In addition to Diafra Sakho's injury problems, and the departure of Enner Valencia, Bilic is rightly in the market for a new hitman.
Stoke's Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic is close to joining the Irons, after a £23m bid was accepted and a medical being imminent.
Bayer Leverkusen and former Manchester United poacher Javier Hernandez is also a target for the club, and is reportedly close to a move to the London stadium, while England international Joe Hart is also close to joining on a season-long loan from Manchester City.
Bilic will hope to tie up most of his business before his side's first game of the season against Manchester United, having only made one signing as of yet in the shape of Argentine full back Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer.
The Hammers continue their pre-season schedule against Fulham on Thursday, where the former Besiktas manager will hope to see more potency from his players in front of goal.