By George Overhill

8th Nov, 2022 | 7:20pm

Besiktas boss unimpressed with West Ham United loanee Arthur Masuaku, seeks replacement

Arthur Masuaku has failed to impress new Besiktas manager Şenol Güneş who is already looking to replace the West Ham loanee, according to Takvim.

The Hammers wing-back is on a season-long loan at the Turkish side having become surplus to requirements at the London Stadium.

But former West Brom boss Valerien Ismael was replaced at the Vodafone Park a fortnight ago by the experienced former ex-Turkey manager Güneş, who is “not satisfied” with Masuaku’s performances and is already seeking to bring back Ridvan Yilmaz from Rangers as a result.

The 29-year-old Democratic Republic of Congo international is expected to leave West Ham permanently in the summer, and while Besiktas are believed to have an option to make the deal permanent the change at manager may have put an end to that plan.


Masuaku wasn’t favoured by David Moyes even last season, so with the addition of Emerson Palmieri in the summer there doesn’t look to be any real chance of a future back in east London.

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The club would surely like to get a deal done for a modest fee at least, but if he is struggling that badly in Turkey it may be harder to find suitors.

It is just the latest blow in a difficult campaign for the long-time Irons player who is currently out with a fractured ankle.

The rehabilitation from injury could also impact on him finding a suitable move at the end of the season so there remains the possibility he does end up back in Stratford.

Considering the number of injuries that the Irons manage to pick up at defensive positions in recent months they can never have too much cover.

But there are plenty of options ahead of him currently so even if he does return it would be a surprise to see him get much game time if any, not least since Ollie Scarles’ glowing debut in the Europa Conference League has likely put him in line to get some more time in games where the pressure is off.