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West Ham United Are Keeping Tabs On This Ligue 1 Defender: What Will He Bring To East London?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Evening Standard stated that West Ham United are keeping tabs on LOSC Lille defender Sven Botman. It has been claimed that the Hammers are monitoring the progress of the Dutch centre-back ahead of a potential move in the summer.

Botman’s Impressive Numbers In French Football

Botman is experiencing another solid campaign at the Stade Pierre Mauroy as he has been responsible for performing at a high level at the centre of Lille’s defence. The 22-year-old has scored three goals and grabbed one assist in 28 matches for the French outfit this season across all competitions.

The Dutch sensation has given a good account of himself by averaging 1.0 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 4.5 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He is even accurate when distributing possession from the back after completing 88.2% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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Lille’s Dutch defender Sven Botman celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lille and Paris Saint-Germain at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, near Lille, on February 6, 2022. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP) (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)
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What Will Botman Bring To West Ham United?

Botman has been a rock at the back for Lille over the past ten months. He is a solid tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to secure the ball back for his team on the defensive end of the pitch.

The Dutch talent is proficient at playing his way out from the back and can use his towering 1.95m frame to dominate the opposition attackers inside his half. However, he might struggle to adapt to the physicality and high intensity of English football.

An up-and-coming centre-half of Botman’s quality will be a major coup for West Ham as they try to strengthen their squad and push for a European place in the Premier League once again next season.

At 22, the future is quite bright for the Dutch prospect as long as he can continue improving his game with each season. We can expect Botman to bring more bite and steel to David Moyes‘ defence and increase competition for places within his match-day squad. Thus, the Hammers should consider engineering a move to bring the Lille star to the London Stadium when the transfer window commences later this year.

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