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Whelan Backs West Ham United To Land This Championship Forward: Should Moyes Move In For Him?

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In a recent interview with Football Insider, former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan has backed West Ham United to land Blackburn Rovers forward Adam Armstrong this summer. Whelan said,

“We’ve seen beforehand that David Moyes isn’t afraid of dipping into the Championship to get players.

“He did it before, didn’t he, with Jarrod Bowen from Hull. Look at how he’s progressed in his career, how well he’s settled into the Premier League. It’s brought out the best in him.

“It could be another one of those players from the Championship that thrives underneath. David Moyes.

“He’s (Armstrong) not proven in the Premier League but he has progressed. He does stand out there for Blackburn Rovers.”

Armstrong’s Outstanding Season In English Football

Armstrong has enjoyed one of the best seasons of his young career at Ewood Park as he has been consistent in terms of his productivity in the final third. The English marksman has netted 29 goals and provided five assists in 43 matches this term on all fronts.

The 24-year-old has impressed a lot with his performances in the final third after he averaged 4.7 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game in the EFL Championship this season. However, Armstrong needs to improve his accuracy when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 75.7% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Whelan backs West Ham United to land Armstrong who is seen in the picture
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Should The Hammers Move In For Armstrong This Summer?

Armstrong is a quick and agile striker who can time his runs well in behind the opposition backline. He has transformed himself into a productive goal-getter in the final third and can also create some meaningful openings for others around him.

At 24, the West Denton-born sensation is about to embark upon the prime years of his playing career, so West Ham should consider moving in for him during this summer transfer period. He will add some healthy competition for Michail Antonio and could even form a dangerous attacking partnership with the Hammers forward if David Moyes chooses to play with two strikers up top.

Recruiting Armstrong will enhance the quality of West Ham’s squad that might help them compete across all competitions in the coming seasons. Plus, the English striker is versatile enough to play anywhere across the frontline. With all things considered, the East London club should do everything they can to bring Armstrong to the London Stadium before the start of the new campaign.

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