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West Ham United Eyeing A Loan Move For This Manchester City Defender: Good Choice For Moyes?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Sun mentioned that West Ham United are eyeing a loan move for Manchester City defender Nathan Ake. It has been mentioned that the Hammers are hoping to land the Dutch centre-back on loan this January following Kurt Zouma’s serious injury recently.

Ake’s Unimpressive Season At The Etihad Stadium

Ake has played a sporadic role for Man City this season as he has struggled to earn a regular run of games in Premier League football. He has often found himself behind Ruben Dias and John Stones in Pep Guardiola’s pecking order.

The Den Haag-born talent has made ten appearances for the Mancunian outfit this season, netting one goal in the process on all fronts. Ake has failed to be consistent for Man City on the defensive end of the field based on his average of 0.6 tackles, 0.2 interceptions and 1.6 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League. At least he has been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 92.4% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Nathan Ake of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on September 18, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Is Ake A Good Choice For West Ham United Boss David Moyes?

On his day, Ake can be a reliable defender at the back as he has got good defensive awareness that allows him to deal with the danger quickly inside his half. He is a solid tackler of the ball and can earn possession back for his side on the defensive end of the field.

The Dutch sensation is proficient at playing his way out from the back, so he will be a decent fit for David Moyes‘ style of play at the London Stadium. However, the lack of game time has hampered his progress at Manchester.

Thus, it will take some time for Ake to regain his confidence and get back to playing his best football. There is no denying that the Dutchman will bring some bite and steel to West Ham‘s backline. He will also serve as a decent short-term solution to the Hammers‘ recent injury problems in defence. All in all, Moyes should consider launching a loan move for Ake as he will be a good choice for the East London outfit in the short term.

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