West Ham will definitely be busy in the transfer window this summer as they look to bolster their attacking options and bring in another forward.
The club sold their record signing Sebastian Haller Ajax in January but failed to find a suitable replacement in time. With Michail Antonio now injured again, a backup striker will surely be at the top of David Moyes’ wishlist.
Another area we appear short is in central midfield. Declan Rice has been outstanding with Tomas Soucek this season. The Englishman has now picked up an injury that could potentially end his season in the worst-case scenario.
It appears, however, in the absence of Rice, the club have now realised the importance of reinforcing in the middle of the park. According to Goal, along with Southampton and a number of La Liga clubs, we’re looking at the 22-year-old Venezuelan Yangel Herrera.
The defensive midfielder is spending the season on loan to Granada from Manchester City, having never played for Pep Guardiola’s team. He’s played a pivotal role for the Spanish side this season, featuring in 26 of their 29 league matches. They currently sit ninth.
Herrera was signed by Pep in 2017 from Atletico Venezuela, before joining New York City FC on a two-year loan deal. There, he was coached by Patrick Vieira and played alongside Andrea Pirlo, two of the all-time greats.
Another former teammate, David Villa, spoke very highly of the young midfielder. As reported by Marca, Villa said, “Yangel is going to be a world-class player in the next few years.”
It appears Villa may be on to something. According to WyScout, Herrera averages 8.69 ball recoveries and 5.15 interceptions per 90 in the Spanish top-flight. He also has three goals this season in the league and is playing regularly in the Europa League.
Against Manchester United this week, Herrera played the full 90 minutes as Granada were defeated 2-0. He completed 100% of his dribbles and 100% of his long passes. Overall, his stats in the Europa League are very impressive.
Herrera has scored five times and got one assist this season in the competition. He’s also made 82.5% of his passes successfully and completed 68.2% of dribbles. Defensively he’s been sound also – 4.65 interceptions and 6.79 ball recoveries per 90.
If we are to qualify for the Europa or Champions League at the end of this current season, Herrera certainly appears to be someone worth adding to the squad. He’s proven himself this season in the European competition, the vast majority of our squad have never played in it.
In other West Ham news, this teenage sensation bagged a hattrick amid our continuing striker crisis.