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West Ham United To Rival Southampton For This Gifted Striker: Should Moyes Get Him On Board?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mail mentioned that West Ham United are set to rival Southampton for Red Bull Salzburg striker Junior Adamu. It is believed that the Hammers could face competition in the form of Southampton, Ajax, Hertha Berlin and Red Bull Leipzig in pursuit of the Austrian forward.

Adamu’s Impressive Rise At The Red Bull Arena This Season

Adamu has experienced a decent campaign in Austrian football and deserves credit for producing a handful of encouraging displays as the focal point of Salzburg’s attack. The 20-year-old has found the back of the net nine times and secured five assists in 43 matches for the Austrian outfit this season across all competitions.

The 20-year-old has mostly appeared as a substitute in Europe where he is averaging 0.5 shots, 0.4 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in the UEFA Europa League.

However, he was sloppy when interchanging possession with his teammates in the final third, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 50% in European football (stats via whoscored).

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Salzburg’s Austrian forward Chikwubuike Adamu celebrates scoring the opening goal with his teammates during the UEFA Champions League last-16, first-leg football match RB Salzburg v FC Bayern Munich in Salzburg, Austria on February 16, 2022. – ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo by KERSTIN JOENSSON / AFP) / ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo by KERSTIN JOENSSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Should West Ham United Head Coach David Moyes Get Adamu On Board?

Adamu has decent pace under his belt and can make some clever runs with the ball in the attacking end of the field. He has got a great leap in him that allows him to win his fair share of duels in the air. The Austrian attacker has scored some important goals for Salzburg this season but his game has still got a lot of room for improvement. Only time will tell whether he can handle the physical nature and high intensity of English football.

Adamu has what it takes to offer some healthy competition for Michail Antonio at the London Stadium in the coming seasons. Plus, he is primarily a centre-forward but can also fill in as a right-sided wide player if required. Thus, West Ham should think about getting the Salzburg youngster on board when the transfer window reopens later this year.

We can expect Adamu to inject more pace and goals into David Moyes‘ frontline and help the East London club compete for a major trophy over the next few years.

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