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West Ham United Secure An Exit For Their Defender: Good Move From Moyes?

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In a recent report from the Sun, it was mentioned that West Ham United left-back Arthur Masuaku has secured his departure from East London after signing a year-long loan deal with Besiktas. It is understood that the Turkish outfit also have an option to buy him after the completion of his loan spell at the club.

Masuaku’s Campaign At West Ham United Last Season

Masuaku struggled for regular playtime as he fell further down the pecking order last season. He managed to appear in 20 matches, where he scored a goal and also created an assist, across multiple competitions.

The Lille-born talent has made the most out of his appearances after averaging 0.8 dribbles, 2.4 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 1.2 clearances per game in the Premier League. He has been decent with his ball distribution after completing 79.9% of his attempted passes in the English top flight (stats via whoscored).

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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 24: Mason Mount of Chelsea is challenged by Arthur Masuaku of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 24, 2022, in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Is It A Good Move From Moyes?

Arthur Masuaku is a solid tackler of the ball, he can time his tackles to win the ball back for his side. He doesn’t hesitate in clearing his lines quickly if he senses danger from the opposition. He can make a few decent runs down the left flank to create opportunities from the wide areas. He excels at dribbling the ball past defenders and going deep into the attacking third.

The French defender can still play at a high level but with Aaron Cresswell taking the lead, it is needless to say that Masuaku’s minutes will be limited. The Hammers will bring in a new left-back to add more competition in that position which makes it more prevalent that he is not required at the club in the next campaign.

Hence, David Moyes has decided to deem him as a surplus to the requirements at London Stadium, which has seen him depart to Besiktas. Moyes would not want him warming the bench all season and he could do really well for the Turkish outfit, so a move away is for the better.

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