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West Ham United Keeping Tabs On This English Starlet’s Situation: One For The Future?

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In a recent report, The Daily Mail has stated that West Ham United are among several clubs that are keeping tabs on Jesurun Rak-Sakyi’s situation at Crystal Palace. The English starlet turned down a chance to pen a professional contract at Selhurst Park with the Hammers along with Celtic and Everton, keeping a keen eye on the player. It has also been reported that Rak-Sakyi’s representatives have already held ‘very positive talks’ with German clubs, Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach, which would make it difficult for David Moyes to sign him this summer (via The Daily Mail).

Rak-Sakyi’s Rapid Rise At South London This Season

The English teenager was a product of the Chelsea Academy before he joined the youth ranks of Crystal Palace back in 2019. Rak-Sakyi is having a decent season for the Eagles’ Under-18 and Under-23 teams. He has produced some eye-catching performances during this campaign after banging in six goals and providing three assists in 11 matches for the Selhurst outfit in the U-18 Premier League.

Rak-Sakyi has even found the back of the net once for Palace’s U-23 side in the Premier League 2 and looks set to have a very bright future in senior football. Maybe making a switch to Germany could offer the youngster a decent chance to experience some first-team football which will only accelerate his development in the long-run.

West Ham United keeping tabs on Jesuran Rak-Sakyi's situation (West Ham boss David Moyes is seen in the picture)
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What Are The English Whizkid’s Best Attributes?

Rak-Sakyi has decent pace in his locker and can score his fair share of goals from the number ten position. He is not afraid to express himself in the final third and can cause a few headaches for the opposition defenders. The English attacking midfielder has also got the vision to engineer some meaningful openings for others around him. However, he is still quite raw and would need time to unlock his true potential.

Is Rak-Sakyi A Prospect For The Future?

Rak-Sakyi is undeniably a star in the making as he has already shown some promising signs while playing for Palace’s youth teams this season. He would have been a massive coup for the Hammers in the long-run, but the player’s desire to move to Germany will be a big stumbling block for West Ham to overcome at the end of this campaign.

With all things considered, Rak-Sakyi is a prospect to look out for in the future, so the East London outfit should still keep track of his development before deciding whether to make a move for him when he is ready for first-team football within the next few years.

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