Daniel Ginczek: Everything West Ham Need To Know About The Giant Striker

West Ham have a few misfiring strikers, and may look to swoop for Borussia Dortmund youngster Daniel Ginczek. Here's the lowdown on the striker who's currently starring on loan for St Pauli.
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West Ham have a few misfiring strikers, and may look to swoop for Borussia Dortmund youngster Daniel Ginczek. Here's the lowdown on the striker who's currently starring on loan for St Pauli.

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It is common knowledge the sort of striker that West Ham manager Sam Allardyce goes for - Carlton Cole (6ft3), Andy Carroll (6ft3), Ricardo Va Te (6ft2), Modibo Maiga (6ft2) and Marouane Chamakh (6ft2), and he is apparently keen on taking a punt on another lofty forward.

Borussia Dortmund frontman Daniel Ginczek is slowly establishing himself as a top goal-getter in Europe this season and is attracting the interest of numerous clubs after he admitted that he may need to leave the Bundesliga giants in order to keep progressing.

The story so far

The 21-year-old joined BVB's youth system as a young teen and quickly made an impression with the coaches. During the 2007/08 season whilst plying his trade for the U17 team he netted 26 goals in 25 games, leading him to the top of the scorers chart and earning him the label of a massive prospect.

He continued to score goals in the Dortmund second team, 28 in 66 games, and was promoted to the first team back in 2010. However, due to the masses of quality that the Black and Yellows had, and still has, at their disposal  he is yet to feature.

He spent a season on loan at 2.Bundesliga side VfL Bochum in the 2011/12 campaign, and became one of the key figures in their squad. Ginczek played a total of 32 games for  VfL and managed to bag seven goals in all competitions.

When the current season rolled round he was again shipped out for some game time. He is not yet in the same caliber as Robert Lewandowski and it is difficult to see where he would fit in, so a move to the newly-relegated St. Pauli was seen as a shrewd move by Jurgen Klopp. Since moving to the club he has scored 14 goals in his 27 games in all competitions, and has also claimed four assists for his troubles.

Where would he fit in at West Ham?

Well, come the end of the season Sam Allardyce could find himself with a real shortage of quality in his forward berths. Carlton Cole, who has just two goals in his 25 Premier League games, Maiga, who has two goals from 16 and Ricardo Vaz Te, who has 1 goal in 18 appearances, have all been linked with moves away from the club in the summer. Andy Carroll is also set to return to parent club Liverpool, although there has been talk of the former Newcastle man being signed on a permanent for the Hammers.

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Ginczek, however, has 14 goals in 27. Although the standard of football is weaker in the German second division than the Premier League, he is still just 21-years-old and learning his trade.

If we compare his other stats with the existing Irons frontline, we also get a clearer picture about what the boy is about.

He certainly prefers the ball to be played on the floor. Despite his towering frame, Ginczek has scored just once from a header this 2.Bundesliga campaign, with 11 coming from his right foot and the other from his left. However, the two most frequent West Ham strikers score the majority of their goals from their head - Carroll 3/5, Cole 1/2.

This may be a direct result from the two sides' difference in systems, but the German starlet has proved he is far more comfortable using his feet.

Another positive statistic for the youngster is his willingness to shoot. He has produced a notable 77 shots at the time of writing this, more than Carlton Cole (31) and Andy Carroll's (39) attempts combined. Again, you can argue that the reason for that is the strength of opposition in the English topflight compared to the German second division, but you can only perform against what you come up against.

Conclusion

It is likely that we will see a huge number of forwards linked with a move to east London between now and the start of next year, and Ginczek is has started the ball rolling. The deal itself is unlikely to materialise, in my opinion, as the striker's wish to stay in his homeland appears to be too strong.

If the Hammers were to make a move for him, however, it would certainly be a gamble. There is no questioning that Ginczek has the potential to be a star, but whether he lives up to that is another matter. His next move will be a vital one for his entire career.