Another day, another rumor for West Ham. The Hammers are linked to a highly rated youngster that could help an aging position as the preseason rolls on.
In a report on Monday the 5th, the Daily Star released that West Ham is interested in the young Miguel Gutierrez from Real Madrid. The report suggested the Hammers brass have held talks with Madrid about a loan move as the left-back is looking for more playing time.
Right now, West Ham sits with Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku as their sole left-back. Yes, Fredericks and Johnson could fill that role, but they aren’t naturally left-sided defenders. With the Europa League incoming, the Hammers will be needing them on the right side to backfill for Vladimir Coufal. So, it’s safe to assume that they will need help down the left flank.
Granted, this is only a report with nothing tangible to go on, but this deal would be significant for the Hammers going into the 2021/22 campaign. Pretending that this rumor is real and that the loan will happen, let’s looking into who he is and how he can help David Moyes’ side.
West Ham: Highly-rated youngster can add youth to an aged position
The 19-year-old lacks EPL experience, but playing for Los Blancos is an impressive feat unless your name is Álvaro Arbeloa. During the 2019/20 season, Gutierrez made it onto the bench as a sub for Madrid but never got the call to play. Last season he finally made his debut and played six times. During those matches, he completed 89% of his passes and contributed an assist.
The youngster is a technical mastermind and has all the energy and athleticism you can imagine coming from a teenager. The Premier League can be an intense beast to a newcomer, but Miguel Gutierrez certainly looks poised to take a shot. With the report suggesting this is only a loan deal to start, neither side will have any risk in the move, only the potential for massive gains.
It’s looking like the Hammers will miss out on an earlier rumor with Junior Firpo heading to Leeds United, so getting Gutierrez in on a cheap loan can help weaken that blow for now. The Gaffer has a plethora of positions that need urgent attention before the season starts, and with funds sometimes being an issue, signing the starlet is a no-brainer for both sides.