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West Ham United Keeping Tabs On This European Winger: The Right Choice For The Hammers?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

According to a recent report by Sky Sports, West Ham United are among a whole host of clubs monitoring the progress of FC Copenhagen winger Robert Skov this season. The same source has also mentioned that the Hammers will face stiff competition from the likes of Watford, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of the Danish Superliga prospect.

The 22-year-old has lit up the Danish top-flight with a string of impressive displays for FC Copenhagen this season. He has made 38 appearances for the Danish giants this term, registering his name on the scoresheet on 24 occasions while also providing six assists across all competitions.

Skov began his football career at Silkeborg and worked his way up their youth ranks before earning a move to FC Copenhagen at the start of 2018. He has established himself as a regular starter in Ståle Solbakken’s first-team and has managed to score a lot of goals in this campaign.

If he can replicate even half the number of goals he has scored in the Danish capital, then he could prove to be a smart acquisition for the Hammers.

Skov boasts incredible speed which helps him make some well-timed runs behind the opposition defence. He is also a decent dribbler with the ball at his feet. The Danish talent primarily operates as a right winger but can also play on the left flank. His versatility makes him a perfect fit for any of his potential suitors.

Skov’s acquisition will undoubtedly bolster Manuel Pellegrini’s attacking options at the London Stadium. West Ham currently have some talented wingers in their ranks such as Felipe Anderson, Robert Snodgrass, Andriy Yarmolenko, Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and Grady Diangana. They are all fighting for a place in Pellegrini’s starting XI, so Skov won’t be guaranteed regular first-team action if he does end up making a switch to the East London club.

However, he could prove to be a fantastic addition to the Hammers attack and will also be a long-term solution to their goalscoring worries in the attacking third of the pitch. Even if Skov has to fight for the right to play regularly, he is more than capable of making the right-wing position his own if given a chance to move to the Premier League.

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