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West Ham United Join Race To Sign Dutch Prodigy: Just What The Hammers Need Right Now?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

West Ham United have taken an interest in PSV Eindhoven prodigy Steven Bergwijn. The 20-year-old has emerged as the new superstar in Dutch football and a number of clubs are keeping a tab on his development.

Dutch clubs have always been a big producer of talents and the recent debacle in the national setup has pointed out the need of more young players form the core. Following their failure to qualify for the Euro 2016 last year, the Dutch now failed to make it to the World cup finals which is a shambolic record, to say the least.

The Dutch football team is likely to go through a major overhaul following the dismal performance in the World Cup qualifiers and a number of young exciting players are in the contention to make it to the squad and the PSV winger is one of them.

He is energetic, fleet-footed and more interestingly, can use his both feet with equal fluidity. Predominantly a right winger, the youngster can also operate on the left flank and his versatility has been his main quality.

Tottenham Hotspur are also believed to be in the race for the young attacker. Mauricio Pochettino has been an admirer of young talents and wants to use the player alongside the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

The Hammers brought in Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City on a record fee but the winger is yet to make his mark at the London Stadium. Introduction of Bergwijn would inject some much-needed completion in the side which will be beneficiary for both parties.

The Nether land U21 international has already equalled his last term’s scoring record and the way he is currently playing, he is likely to make a bigger impact in the future. In the current circumstances, a number of youngsters are tipped to be the foreseeable future of the footballing generation and the Dutch youngster is one of them.

The likes of Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe have already proven themselves at the biggest stages and now it’s the turn of this young winger who is already making headlines in Holland.

Added to that, playing in the Premier League would be of much help for him in gaining recognition and exposure. Bilic’s future is currently hanging by a thread and if he manages to stay at the club until January, he is expected to make an attempt to bring the player to Premier League. But is he the right man for West Ham?

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