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West Ham United Interested In Landing This Greek Defensive Ace: Good Fit For Pellegrini?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

West Ham United have been looking to turn the tide in their favour after a disastrous start to their Premier League campaign this season. However, the unavailability of a number of their key players due to injury worries have not helped their cause as manager Manuel Pellegrini has been forced to look for reinforcements.

The Hammers have faced problems in every department this season, especially in the defence. The lack of a top quality left back has been quite a headache for the gaffer, and as per reports in Greek news outlet Sport 24, he is reportedly eyeing the Greek defensive ace Leonardo Koutris. 

The 23-year-old player is currently plying his trade at the Greek outfit Olympiakos and has been on the target list of the east London club for some time now. With speculations of Arthur Masuaku leaving the club soon, there should be an interest in bringing Koutris in as a replacement for the Frenchman.

Aaron Cresswell has hit some rough patches concerning his performance this season, and it is also another reason for Pellegrini to look for a seasoned left back like Koutris. The Greek player has earned rave reviews for his agility and defensive skills down the left-hand side and could be a perfect inclusion into the West Ham lineup.

The Hammers have been in search of a top quality left back with Masuaku and Cresswell playing on a rotation basis under the tutelage of manager Pellegrini. However, with the potential addition of Koutris, there could be a permanent solution for the left back position as the player has enough exposure to play at the top level in the European competitions.

In the current scenario, it would be a wise decision for the Chilean gaffer to bring in a seasoned player like Koutris, who could marshall the left-back position for a long time to come. Though he does not have any prior experience of playing in the English top flight, playing under a manager like Pellegrini would only help him thrive for the future.

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