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West Ham United Showing Interest In Recruiting This La Liga Playmaker: Good Choice For Moyes?

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In a recent report, Fichajes claimed that West Ham United are showing interest in recruiting Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir. It is understood that the Hammers could face stiff competition from Everton and Arsenal in the race to land the French attacker.

Fekir’s Excellent Form At Benito Villamarín Stadium

The 28-year-old has made an impressive start to this campaign after putting in some eye-catching performances as a key member of Betis’ attack. Fekir registered two goals and two assists in ten matches for the French club this season across all fronts.

The Lyon-born talent has been a consistent performer for the Andalusian club after he averaged 3.3 shots, 3.4 key passes, 2.4 crosses and 3.1 dribbles per game in La Liga. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball in the final third, based on his pass completion rate of 86.8% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Fekir is currently playing at a high level and could prove to be a shrewd acquisition for the Hammers if they can find a way to get him on board in the future. At 28, he is at the prime of his playing career and would make an immediate impact at the London Stadium if David Moyes can bring him to England.

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Is Fekir A Good Choice For The Hammers?

Fekir is a moderately-paced attacker who can make some intelligent runs both with and without the ball in the final third. He is a decent crosser of the ball and can create a few inviting chances for his teammates to find the back of the net. Fekir is primarily an attacking midfielder but can even fill in as a wide player on either flank if needed. His versatility and productivity make him a brilliant option for West Ham to pursue someday.

The French playmaker can be a delight to watch when he is dribbling at full swing and is a powerful striker of the ball from long range. He can score and create goals consistently at the top level, so Moyes will do well to lure him to the East London club in January or next summer.

Fekir hardly gives away the ball cheaply which makes him a good choice for the Hammers to consider in the future. We can expect the Frenchman to add a lot of goals and creativity to Moyes’ frontline and ease some of the goal-scoring workload off Michail Antonio’s shoulders in the coming seasons. Fekir will even add some healthy competition for Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and Nikola Vlasic at the London Stadium.

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