At this point in the season rumors are just rumors but the link to Sami Khedira, although enticing, goes against West Ham United’s new proposed transfer policy.
Sami Khedira is a lot of things, he’s a world-class midfielder, a World Cup winner, a Champions League winner, and he’s also 32 years old. That last part is the only issue and even though he’s still got the “it factor”, signing him would completely go against David Moyes’ and West Ham United’s new policy that they want to impose.
The initial report on this link came from the Italian media outlet, Calcio Mercato, stating that the Hammers and Wolves were both interested in the German international. To no discredit of Khedira, who is in his own right a seasoned European footballer, but do the Hammers needed an aged midfielder?
The future is and should always be Declan Rice and if things go as planned and the Hammers stay up, they will have both Tomas Soucek and Pablo Fornals to lean on and lets not forget the skipper. Although neither of those players have the pedigree of Khedira, they have more promise and bolster a better future for the club.
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In a lot of ways Sami and Mark Noble are the same player… and with the current argument of Nobes being past him prime, why would you bring in another aging player? Fiver years ago, 100% on board with this transfer but now, it’s a liability.
This season playing in the Serie A, he has played only 12 matches for Juventus averaging less than 2 tackles and less than 1 interception or clearance per match. He has averaged an 88.2% passing average which is nice but you can tell he is a shell of his former self.
Age, stats, and policy aside, Khedira is an injury threat and we all know how West Ham and injuries attract each other. He has a horrific injury record, as he has had 2 knee surgeries within the past year which should only further the Hammers from him, but we’ve all been surprised before.
If West Ham do go ahead with this transfer in the summer, it would be a huge mistake and honestly just another transfer in a long line of “what the (expletive)” moments. The policy that Moyes has put in place needs to stay and the club need to look for improvement not regression.