West Ham are likely to strengthen their squad this summer and make some big-name signings if they are able to qualify for Europe.
As things stand, David Moyes will be dipping into the transfer market to sign a new striker to replace Sebastian Haller. The Ivorian was sold to Ajax in January, leaving Michail Antonio as the only recognised striker.
But it isn’t just up front we will be looking to reinforce. We’ve been fortunate that Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have made it through the season unscathed. If one of them were to fall injured, we only have Mark Noble to turn to in the middle. We need to add more depth here.
One name linked with the Hammers is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. According to Liverpool news website Anfield Central, the former England international is on our radar, and we’ve approached the Reds about a potential transfer.
But would he be a good signing for us? He ticks a few boxes as far as David Moyes would be concerned. The Ox is a very pacey, versatile player. He can play as a box-to-box midfielder, number 10 or play out wide on the wings if needed.
In the Moyes system, which usually has three attacking midfielders, he could genuinely flourish. The 27-year-old has been starved of match-time this season. He’s started two games, the defeats to Burnley and Southampton, and played just 319 minutes overall [WyScout].
In Liverpool’s title-winning season, his first full year back, Oxlade-Chamberlain played just 1591 minutes in the Premier League of a possible 2700. He was hardly given a run in the first team, either. Only once did he start six times in a row. The midfielder scored twice during that run, once against us, but still found himself on the fringes.
He once had such a promising career, but it appears that at the moment it’s all come to a halt. A lot like another man who recently joined on loan. Surely, Oxlade-Chamberlain is looking to Jesse Lingard for inspiration?
Lingard has turned his career around with West Ham. David Moyes has put his full faith in him and allowed him to go out and enjoy his football. Oxlade-Chamberlain is a similar type of player at a similar stage of his career. Moyes could certainly get the best out of him, given the chance to work with him.
According to WyScout, the Liverpool man has attempted just seven dribbles in the Premier League this season, only 28.6% of those have been successful. As well as this, he’s had just five attempts on goal and been successful with 22.2% of his crosses.
He is clearly low on confidence, much like Lingard was prior to joining. There is a world-class player in Oxlade-Chamberlin, Moyes could be just the man to get that player back out of him.
It’s worth noting too, that at this point we should trust Moyes. His transfer business since returning has been remarkable. The players all appear to be buying into his philosophy, so if he chooses to go after Oxlade-Chamberlain, we should have every reason to feel confident in the decision.
In other West Ham news, Declan Rice owes a lot to this Hammers ace for his development over the last three seasons.