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West Ham United Defender Closing In On A Contract Renewal: Good Move For Both Parties?

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In a recent report, Calciomercato has mentioned that West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna is closing in on a contract renewal with the club. It is understood that the Hammers powerhouse could pen a new deal with his current one set to expire in the summer of 2022.

Ogbonna’s Influential Role At The London Stadium This Season

Ogbonna is having a good campaign with the East London outfit after performing at a high level for them on the defensive end of the pitch. The 33-year-old has registered one goal in 11 matches for the Hammers this season.

The former Torino talent has proven himself to be a rock at the back for West Ham by averaging 0.6 tackles, 1.0 interceptions and 2.4 clearances per game in the Premier League. He has even taken care of possession when distributing the ball going forward, based on his pass completion rate of 85.2% in league football (stats via whoscored).

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Villa Park on October 31, 2021 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
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Ogbonna Closing In On A Contract Renewal With West Ham United: Good Move For Both Parties?

Ogbonna can time his challenges well to pull off some crucial interceptions inside his half. He is not afraid to put his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the front foot. The 13-time Italy international can use his strong 1.91m frame to dominate the opposition in the air and doesn’t mind putting his body on the line when attempting to block a goal-bound shot. He is also a potent goal-threat from indirect set-pieces because of his size and strength.

At 33, Ogbonna has only got a handful of years left in him to play at a high level. Still, West Ham would be wise to tie him down to a new contract as he has shown no signs of decline in recent matches.

An experienced defender of Ogbonna’s skillset could help the Hammers secure a top-four place in the Premier League this season. Plus, David Moyes needs to retain his best players if he wants his team to challenge for a major trophy in the coming seasons. Thus, Ogbonna’s contract renewal would be a good move for both the player and the East London club as they look to collectively bring some success to the London Stadium over the next few years.

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