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West Ham United Would Have To Pay €25m For This Talented Playmaker: Right Fit For Moyes?

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In a recent print edition, Corriere di Verona (April 14, Page 12) claimed that West Ham United would have to pay €25m for Hellas Verona playmaker Antonin Barak. It has been claimed that the Hammers have identified the talented attacker as an option to strengthen their squad in the summer.

Barak’s Impressive Numbers In Italy This Season

Barak is having a good season in Italian football as he has put in a series of fruitful displays while acting as a key member of Hellas Verona’s attack. The 27-year-old has featured in 26 matches for the Italian outfit this season, scoring ten goals and securing four assists across multiple competitions.

The Czech Republic international has proven himself to be a productive presence in the final third based on his average of 2.0 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game in Serie A. He has even been excellent when distributing possession in the opposition half after completing 80.6% of his attempted passes in the Italian top tier (stats via whoscored).

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VERONA, ITALY – JANUARY 21: Antonin Barak of Hellas Verona in action during the Serie A match between Hellas and Bologna FC at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on January 21, 2022 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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Is Barak A Decent Fit For West Ham United?

Barak excels at creating a yard of space for himself to get a few shots in on-target. He can create some decent chances of his teammates in the final third and is a brilliant dribbler with the ball at his feet. The Czech Republic talent knows how to find the back of the net every now and then but there is still plenty of room for improvement in his game.

At 27, Barak is playing at his prime at the moment. Hence, we can expect him to make an immediate impact at the London Stadium if David Moyes can find a way to get a deal done for him this summer.

Barak will bring some much-needed firepower to West Ham‘s attack and could help them challenge for a UEFA Champions League place in the coming seasons. Plus, he will offer some healthy competition for the likes of Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals at the East London club in the future. Therefore, Moyes should priortise on launching a move to bring him to the English capital in the off-season.

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