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West Ham United Showing Interest In This Championship Forward: Good Choice For Moyes?

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In a recent report, Fichajes mentioned that West Ham United are showing interest in Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton Diaz. It has been stated that the Hammers are eyeing a move for the Chilean striker this summer.

Diaz’s Excellent Goal-Scoring Record At Ewood Park This Season

Diaz is having a brilliant campaign in the EFL Championship as he has been responsible for producing a series of match-winning performances as the focal point of Blackburn’s attack. The 23-year-old has banged in 22 goals and provided three assists in 39 matches for Tony Mowbray’s side this season across all fronts.

The 11-time Chile international has given a good account of himself in the final third because he is averaging 2.8 shots, 0.6 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in the English Championship. However, he has been a bit untidy with his ball distribution after completing 73.5% in the second division of English football (stats via whoscored).

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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 11: Ben Brereton Diaz of Blackburn Rovers and Jack Stacey of AFC Bournemouth contest the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers at Vitality Stadium on December 11, 2021 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Is Diaz A Good Choice For West Ham United?

Diaz has proven himself to be a deadly finisher in front of the opposition goal this season. He has got the composure to create a yard of space for himself to get a few shots in on-target. The England-born talent can even engineer some decent openings for others around him and can also make some promising runs with the ball in the attacking end of the field. He is primarily a centre-forward but can operate as a winger on either flank if required.

At 23, the future is quite bright for Diaz as long as he continues to take strides toward improving himself in the coming seasons. Therefore, West Ham will do well to lure him to the London Stadium when the transfer reopens later this year.

We can expect Diaz to add more firepower to David Moyes‘ attack which makes him a wise choice for the East London outfit to pursue this summer. His goals could even help the Hammers challenge for a top-four place in the Premier League next season. However, only time will tell whether Diaz can replicate his good form in top-flight football where he will be tested physically week in week out.

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