West Ham needs to bolster the squad as they head into European competition next year. Eddie Nketiah would add depth and experience to a necessary position.
It seems like the same old story daily; another day, another striker linked to the Hammers. However, this time with Eddie Nketiah, it does add some levity to what’s currently needed.
Between the English Premier League and the Europa League, Nketiah played in 25 matches. In that time, he scored eight goals and assisted his team once. In the Europa League, he shined, scoring on average every 2.75 times out on the pitch. However, it came in a small chunk, that stat and the fact that he featured in Europe is all you need to know.
Besides the lads that played in the play-in games a few years back, only Angelo Ogbonna, Pablo Fornals, Tomas Soucek, and Vladimir Coufal have seen European competition. The Premier League is a giant stage on its own, but playing in Europe against the intense competition is a whole other level.
West Ham: Eddie Nketiah would add key European experience
Nketiah adds the depth needed for that tournament and for the other cups that West Ham will be featuring in this season. The Hammer’s only other striker at the moment, Michail Antonio, is a club hero, but he doesn’t have the stamina or longevity that he used to.
Besides adding a youthful experience to the Hammer’s upcoming European fight and added life onto Antonio’s career, he also comes with some uncanny leadership. Eddie currently captains the England U21 squad and has netted 35 goals over his young International career. With Nketiah in the final year of his contract, the time is now before the Gunners sign him up on a longer and to a more lucrative deal.
Youth, depth, experience, and leadership; all things that David Moyes is looking at to add in this year’s transfer window. Eddie Nketiah checks all four of those boxes and more. If the Gaffer wants him, then they need to get him before he’s gone. Once that deal is complete, West Ham probably needs to add another striker to finish things up, but this is a great starting point.