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West Ham United Make An Enquiry For This Liverpool Midfielder: Should Moyes Move Make A Bid?

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Liverpool Echo has stated in a report that West Ham United have recently made an enquiry for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain of Liverpool. With the Hammers missing out on ex-Man United forward Jesse Lingard, it’s fair to say that David Moyes is looking for alternatives.

Oxlade Chamberlain’s Campaign For Liverpool Last Season

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has fallen well below the pecking order despite being back to full fitness last season. The English midfielder did not feature for the Reds after the trip to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup back in March. He has made 17 appearances during which he managed to score two goals and produce an assist in all competitions.

The Portsmouth-born talent has been readily overlooked and mostly came off the bench, which explains why he averaged only 1.2 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in the Premier League.

However, he was tidy with his ball distribution after completing 82.3% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool moves forward during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield on March 02, 2022, in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Should West Ham United Boss David Moyes Make A Bid For Him This Off-Season?

Oxlade Chamberlain is a decent finisher of the ball and he doesn’t mind taking a shot at a goal from a distance. He is quick on his feet and can make some clever turns to get past the defenders. He excels at distributing the ball and playing his way out from the advanced midfield positions and can even play as a second striker to provide cover in the attacking department.

However, the 28-year-old has had a bad run of form after being injured and not being able to play regularly at Anfield. He is weak in crossing the ball from the wider areas and does not contribute to the defence.

Oxlade Chamberlain could do well at London Stadium only if he regains his confidence and gets back in form, which would be a huge gamble right now.

Verdict: Pass

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