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Report Claims Former Premier League Midfielder Agrees Terms With West Ham United: Good Fit For Pellegrini’s Team?

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According to a recent report by Super Haber, Besiktas midfielder Gary Medel has agreed terms to join West Ham United in the summer. The Chilean international was linked with a move to the London Stadium back in January, but a deal failed to materialise back then. However, Super Haber has now claimed that he has agreed to join the Hammers at the end of this season.

Can Medel Still Prove His Worth In The Premier League?

Medel has previously represented Cardiff City in Wales, so he knows what it takes to be cut the mustard in English football. Medel can be a useful squad player and has proven his worth over time which might be one of the chief reasons why the East London outfit are trying to add him to their squad.

The Santiago de Chile-born midfielder has featured in 31 matches for Besiktas this term across all competitions. He has made an average of 2.4 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 2.4 clearances per game (Stats taken from Whoscored) for the Turkish giants which prove how valuable he has been for his club this season.

The Chilean’s Versatility Is His Greatest Strength

Even though there are still some question marks regarding Medel’s ability to perform at a high level consistently, he can still be a great squad player for Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean veteran is highly versatile as he can play in multiple positions across the pitch.

The South American workhorse primarily operates as a defensive midfielder but can fill in as a centre-back or in the right-back position. When playing at his best, Medel is an effective tackler in midfield and knows how to nip the opposition attacks in the bud. However, the Hammers already have Declan Rice and Mark Noble playing in the defensive midfield positions which begs the question of whether they need another holding midfielder ahead of the new season.

Will Medel Be A Good Fit At West Ham United?

All in all, Medel still has a lot to offer on the pitch so West Ham will undoubtedly benefit from acquiring his services this summer. He will also be a calming influence in the dressing room as his vast experience could help some of the younger players at Pellegrini’s disposal to grow and develop their game.

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