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West Ham United Were Showing Interest In This Ligue 1 Forward: Should Moyes Go Back For Him?

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In a recent report, La Voix du Nord mentioned that West Ham United were showing interest in Strasbourg forward Ludovic Ajorque back in January. It has been claimed that the Hammers could face competition in the form of LOSC Lille in pursuit of the French attacker.

Ajorque’s Impressive Season At Stade de la Meinau Strasbourg

Ajorque is having a decent campaign in French football as he has put in a handful of productive displays as the focal point of Strasbourg’s attack. The Saint-Denis born striker has banged in 12 goals and secured eight assists in 35 matches for the French outfit this season on all fronts.

The 28-year-old has done well to average 1.8 shots and 1.3 key passes per game in Ligue 1. However, his overall link-up play in the attacking end of the field has a lot of room for improvement based on his pass completion rate of 72.6% in league football (stats via whoscored).

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Strasbourgs French forward Ludovic Ajorque celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Strasbourg and Rennes at the Meinau stadium in Strasbourg, eastern France, on April 20, 2022. (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP via Getty Images)
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Should West Ham United Boss David Moyes Go Back In For Ajorque?

Ajorque is a decent finisher in front of the opposition goal when he is playing with confidence on the field. He is proficient at generating space for himself to get a few shots in on-target and can create a few meaningful openings for his teammates in the final third.

A centre-forward of the Frenchman’s skillset will no doubt add some serious competition for Michail Antonio at the London Stadium in the coming seasons.

Thus, West Ham would be wise to go back in for Ajorque when the transfer window reopens later this year. We can expect the Ligue 1 sensation to add more goals and creativity to David Moyes‘ attack and help the East London club cope with fixture congestion better in the future.

At 28, Ajorque is playing at his prime but there are some question marks over whether he can make a smooth transition to life in English football where he will be tested physically week in week out. The Strasbourg ace could even help the Hammers push for a top-four place in the Premier League if Moyes can unlock the best out of him in the upcoming campaign.

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