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With just two wins from their opening seven Premier League games, it’s not the best time to be a West Ham United supporter at the moment.

The mood has been quite downbeat, with reports suggesting that Slaven Bilić could be on his way out after the disappointing start to the season.

Since David Gold and David Sullivan took over in 2010, woeful strikers have been a recurring theme for the Hammers.

Javier Hernández was the 33rd striker signed since the takeover, and the hope was he could end the curse of the forwards and finally become good.

Of course, some of those 33 have been decent, but there have been notable flops like Simone Zaza, Modibo Maïga and Marouane Chamakh.

The likes of Diafra Sakho have had very good spells, but they have also been far too injury prone for real success in East London.

It hasn’t been a bad start to the season for the Hammers’ striking options though, with Hernández and Sakho both scoring three Premier League goals each, while André Ayew has two.

Yet despite that, reports in the Daily Mirror have linked them with a move for Anderlecht forward Łukasz Teodorczyk, also thought to be a Liverpool transfer target.

Teodorczyk: A background

A Polish international, Teodorczyk spent time with Polonia Warsaw before joining Lech Poznan, where his career really took off.

He scored 28 times in 58 games for the club, with his three goals in four games in the 2014/15 season before his departure earning him a winners' medal when Lech won the Ekstraklasa in May 2015.

After that, he moved to Ukraine with Dynamo Kyiv for an estimated €4million, where his stock kept on rising – he scored against Everton in the Europa League in 2014/15.

His time in Kiev saw him lift the Ukrainian Premier League twice, as well as the Ukrainian Cup and the Ukrainian Super Cup, and his 16 goals in 42 games helped catch the eye of Anderlecht, who he joined on loan last season, scoring 30 times in all competitions.

This summer saw him move to Belgium permanently, for a fee believed to be around €4.5million.

Reports suggest he could be available for as little as £7million – a bargain in today’s market, but still a profit for Anderlecht.

Of course, the Belgian club wouldn’t want to sell, but they will always be a side who let their best players go if a bigger European side comes in for them.

What can they expect from Teodorczyk?

His skillset is one that could thrive in England if he’s spearheading a team playing to his strengths.

If he is expect him to take four players on before chipping a keeper, there will be disappointed, but he thrives in a team that looks to get crosses into the box and plays a counter-attacking style.

West Ham are at their best with a focal point like Carroll, and Teodorczyk would thrive with the service provided by the likes of Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell.

Out of his five goals in the Europa League last season, two of them were headers and since he’s arrived at Anderlecht, he’s scored a variety of efforts with his head – from glancing ones off a driven cross to thumping ones when attacking space.

He’s not just a target man though. The reason he gets so many opportunities to score is because of his clever movement.

Teodorczyk doesn’t just standing in the penalty area and waiting for the cross to come in, he isolates a full-back or drifts into the blindspot of a centre-back before capitalising on the space he’s managed to work.

Due to his ability in the air his finishing in general sometimes goes unnoticed or is overlooked.

When he strikes the ball with his right foot it usually stays hit but there is a finesse to his game that you wouldn’t usually associate with a big man. He can calmly stroke the ball home.

How does he compare to Carroll?

Interest in a big man like Teodorczyk – he is 6ft 1in – doesn’t mean that he will be replacing Carroll.

Instead, with the Englishman missing 32 games through injury since the start of last season, it suggests West Ham are looking at ways to carry on playing as if they have him in the team when he isn’t playing.

If you look at a few statistics comparing the two, it would suggest that the Pole is coming in as a back up.

In the Europa League last season, Teodorczyk won 3.63 aerial duels per 90 minutes – in the Premier League during the same time period, Carroll won 9.81.

His percentage of aerial duels won was also considerably lower – 38.03 per cent to 62.72 per cent.

But, the Anderlecht man averaged more headed goals per 90 (0.27 to 0.14) as well as a batter shot accuracy (75 per cent to 50 per cent).

With Carroll’s injury record, he wouldn’t be a bad option at all, especially if they can get him for the mooted £7million.

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