As early as last week, West Ham United ITK, ExWHUemployee, linked Pierre Ekwah to the East London side. According to the Standard, a transfer fee has been agreed upon before the Hammers and the Blues and should happen when the window opens in just a few more hours. Moyes and Co will be looking to add depth soon, so he will certainly be an exciting prospect.
What we know so far about Ekwah
This past year, the 19-year-old French international split his time playing for the Chelsea U23s and trialing with West Ham. In his seven PL2 matches, Ekwah scored once, but that’s fairly good odds coming from a defensive midfielder. However, during his time on trial, the Hammers coaches grew a liking for him. His ability to play both sides of the pitch is exactly what is needed when looking at raw talent.
He came on the scene in 2017 when he played for FC Nantes U17 side. Nantes then transferred him to Chelsea a year later. While in the Blue organization, he played his way up through the ranks, so his nature of being a highly rated midfielder proceeds him back a few years.
What can Pierre Ekwah accomplish in his first season with West Ham?
One of the toughest things to predict as an onlooker is figuring out when the next youngster will make the jump to the senior squad and shine. So, imagine how hard it would be to try and predict it as the Gaffer. At the age of 19, Ekwah will certainly start as a bench option, but he will most likely start in the reserves and play for the PL2 squad.
However, as previously said, he rated so highly by many that he could enjoy a breakout season under David Moyes. The Scotsman has been known to take the average or questionable player and get the best out of him. The Hammers will be spread thin this year with so many competitions that it could be the perfect chance for him to see a start from time to time.
The name of Piere Ekwah may not be a household name, but West Ham fans will certainly hope he becomes that way. As he will most likely be the first official transfer for Moyes’ club, it’s an exhilarating prospect into the future; for the player and the club.