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3 Players West Ham United Could Go For After Missing Out This Full-back

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

West Ham United’s preparations for a strong maiden season at their new home, i.e. the Olympic Stadium was dealt a major blow with the news of Aaron Cresswell suffering a long-term injury which keeps him out of action for the rest of the calendar year.

West Ham United are now in a dire need for a left-back who can fill in the void of the 26-year-old and had identified Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs as someone who can do the job but to their disappointment, Arsenal have rejected a loan offer from West Ham for the English international.

The Hammers now have to look for an alternative to Gibbs and in this article, we will be naming three players they could go for.

Charlie Taylor

The 22-year-old Leeds United left-back could well be the next big Premier League import from Elland Road after Sam Byram and Lewis Cook. The youngster has just one year remaining on his contract with the Whites and could well be on his way out if the right offer is tabled. West Ham needed another left-back regardless of the injury to Cresswell and moving for a long-term project like the Leeds United star makes more sense than just looking for a short-term cover for Cresswell.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Charlie Taylor of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Burnley at Elland Road on August 8, 2015 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND – AUGUST 08: Charlie Taylor of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Burnley at Elland Road on August 8, 2015 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Rico Henry

The 19-year-old youngster is right now attracting a major interest from a host of Premier League clubs after his scintillating displays for League One side Walsall. The English under-19 international has a big future left ahead of him considering the quality he has already shown, alerting a few big boys of England in the process. With the injury to Cresswell, West Ham will now realize their dire need for a left back and Henry would definitely come under their consideration. On a long term, the 19-year-old could prove to be a big success at the Olympic Stadium.

Ludwig Augustinsson

The 22-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in world football right now. After making the headlines in the Danish League with FC Copenhagen week in week out, it’s time for the Swedish international to move to a bigger stage. The Swede is a complete modern wing-back with brilliant attacking abilities from the left flank.

Blessed with a blistering pace, the 22-year-old is a menace on his bombarding forward runs from defence. Augustinsson looks quite assured when on the ball and can pick out his teammates in the centre with a deadly eye for crosses. A set-piece specialist, Augustinsson very much resembles Cresswell’s style of play.

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