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West Ham United Showing Interest In This Bundesliga Winger: Should Moyes Snap Him Up?

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In a recent report, Calciomercato mentioned that West Ham United are showing interest in Bayer 04 Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby. It has been revealed that the Hammers are hoping to secure the services of the French wing wizard.

Diaby’s Impressive Numbers In German Football

Diaby has been a consistent performer at the BayArena as he has put in a handful of influential displays on the left side of Leverkusen’s attack. The 22-year-old has registered 16 goals and 11 assists in 37 matches for the German outfit this season across all fronts.

The French wing wizard has performed well to average 1.7 shots, 1.7 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from the back after completing 76.8% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY – APRIL 02: Moussa Diaby of Bayer 04 Leverkusen in action during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hertha BSC at BayArena on April 02, 2022 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Should West Ham United Boss David Moyes Snap Diaby Up This Summer?

Diaby can use his electric pace to complete some dangerous dribbles in the final third. He excels at driving to the byline and has got the vision to create some decent chances for others around him up top. The French talent is primarily a left-sided wide player but can also play on the right-wing if needed. Plus, he can retain possession in tight spaces and doesn’t mind producing a hard-working performance for his team.

Recruiting a player of Diaby’s skill set and potential will be a welcome acquisition for the Hammers. The French sensation is well-equipped to help the East London outfit challenge for a top-four place in the Premier League over the next few seasons but only if he can make a smooth transition to life in England.

At 22, the future looks quite promising for the Leverkusen youngster as long as he continues to take strides towards improving himself in the coming seasons. We can expect Diaby to add more pace and firepower to David Moyes‘ attack. Furthermore, he will offer decent competition for the likes of Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals for a regular starting place at the London Stadium. Thus, Moyes should think about snapping the Frenchman up when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

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