By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

20th Nov, 2023 | 12:10pm

Pundit shares James Ward-Prowse verdict at West Ham United as ‘incredible’ David Beckham claim made

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…

Frank McAvennie believes Manchester United legend David Beckham was a better crosser than current West Ham man James Ward-Prowse.

The Hammers midfielder moved to the London Stadium club in the summer, joining from relegated side Southampton.

And he has immediately taken to life in East London, scoring two goals and registering nine assists from his 16 matches in all competitions.

Speaking to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said: “You can’t put him in front of Beckham, I would rather Beckham. I was fortunate enough to finish when he was just coming in.

“He could be out on the wing and be halfway up the half, and he could still put a cross in as if it had come from the byline.

“As a striker I’m running onto it, it was incredible how he did it. Beckham didn’t have blistering pace, he couldn’t go past players, but you can’t tell me Ward-Prowse is a better crosser than Beckham. I’m not having that. And then there are lots of other players out there, like Messi.”

West Ham fans have taken an immediate liking to their new midfield maestro, who has been shining in the Premier League and the Europa League.

In the former, only Wolves winger Pedro Neto (7) and Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier (6) boast more assists than Ward-Prowse (5), as per the official Premier League website.

He certainly had big boots to fill following Declan Rice’s switch to Arsenal, but he and fellow midfielder Edson Alvarez have slotted in effortlessly.

In other West Ham news, a report has shared how Hammers insiders feel about a European ace, with a January transfer on the cards.