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West Ham United Showing Interest In This La Liga Winger: What Will He Bring To East London?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Super Deporte claimed that West Ham United are showing interest in Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos. It is believed that the Hammers have identified the Argentine wide player as a potential target for the summer transfer window.

Ocampos’ Decent Numbers At The Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium

The South American sensation has caught the eye by producing a run of influential displays on the left side of Sevilla’s attack. Ocampos has found the back of the net on nine occasions and picked up four assists in 36 matches for the Andalusian outfit this season across various competitions.

The ex-River Plate talent deserves a lot of credit for averaging 1.4 tackles, 1.9 shots, 0.6 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution after making 82.6% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 03: Lucas Ocampos of Sevilla FC looks on during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on April 03, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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What Will Ocampos Bring To West Ham United?

Ocampos has got decent pace under his belt and can make some clever runs with the ball out on the wide areas. He is primarily a left-sided wide player but can even fill in on the other side as the right-winger if needed.

The Argentine sensation has got the composure to create some inviting chances in the attacking end of the field. Ocampos can retain possession really well in the opponent’s half but only time will tell whether he can cope with the physical nature and high intensity of English football. Still, the pros outweigh the cons of recruting the South American playmaker.

We can expect Ocampos to bring a lot of pace and productivity to West Ham‘s frontline. Plus, he will offer some decent competition for the likes of Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma at the London Stadium in the coming seasons.

Thus, the Hammers should prioritise on arranging a move to secure the services of the Argentine international during the summer transfer window. At 27, Ocampos is playing some of the best football of his playing career at the moment. Thus, he will be a good fit for the East London outfit to pursue in this off-season.

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