According to ESPN, West Ham United target Edson Alvarez is closing in on a move to Ajax this summer. The Club America midfielder has impressed the onlookers with his consistent performances, and it is believed that Ajax are in talks with the Mexican giants over the potential sale of the player. Alvarez was reportedly linked with a move to West Ham this summer. So, will this be a massive blow for the Hammers?
Alvarez’s success in Club America
A product of the America youth academy, Alvarez was drafted into the first-team at the start of 2017 after impressing with the U20 side. He has since become a vital cog in the Club America midfield, having already made over 100 appearances for the club in all competitions. During his two year stint with the first-team, he helped his club win the Mexican title during the 2018/19 campaign as well as the Mexican League Cup in the same season.
Alvarez’s consistent performances also helped him become a vital part of the Mexican national side. Following his debut back in February 2017, the defender has won 28 caps for El Tri. He recently starred for Mexico in their Gold Cup triumph, notably putting in a valiant performance against the United States in the final.
What can Alvarez bring to the table?
Alvarez is primarily known for his versatility. A centre-back by trade, the 21-year-old can play anywhere across the back four and even as a holding midfielder. He boasts a tall frame of 1.87m that gives him a considerable advantage in aerial duels. But, what makes him such a sought-after defender is his physical attributes and aggression – making him a tailor-made fit for the Premier League.
Alvarez’s prospects at West Ham
It’s probably needless to say that West Ham United are running the risk of losing Issa Diop in the near future. The young defender has enjoyed a sensational debut season in the Premier League and was linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this summer.
Alvarez, in that regard, could have been a useful addition to the squad. The Mexican international would have provided excellent backup for the central defenders while his versatility might have allowed Manuel Pellegrini to rotate his team with more freedom.
Additionally, his combative qualities would have tuned in well with the Chilean’s footballing philosophy, which requires a lot of work ethic. Hence, the Hammers could rue missing out on Alvarez this summer.