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West Ham United Eyeing A Loan Move For This Manchester United Ace: Good Option For Moyes?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Manchester Evening News claimed that West Ham United are eyeing a loan move for Manchester United ace Aaron Wan-Bissaka. It has been revealed that the Hammers are hoping to sign the English right-back on loan during the winter transfer window.

Wan-Bissaka’s Growing Struggles At Man United This Season

Wan-Bissaka has struggled to earn regular playing opportunities at Old Trafford during this campaign. He has only made one appearance for the Red Devils this season, receiving a total of four minutes of game time in the Premier League.

However, the 25-year-old caught the eye with his performances for Man United in Europe last season when he averaged 2.0 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 1.2 clearances and 1.8 dribbles per game in the UEFA Champions League. He even distributed the ball relatively well from the right flank after making 85.2% of his attempted passes in European football (stats via whoscored).

Wan-Bissaka is under contract at the Theatre of Dreams until the summer of 2024. However, he is not getting regular game time at Man United, so it is only logical for the player to opt for a change of scenery which could open the door for West Ham to sign him on loan this winter.

London Stadium
London Stadium

Is Wan-Bissaka A Good Option For West Ham United To Sign On Loan?

Wan-Bissaka has established himself as a good defender at the back as he can make some solid tackles to secure the ball back for his team inside his half. He can read the danger quickly and doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the front foot.

The English talent can also make some energetic runs with the ball on the right wing when he is playing regularly and with confidence on the pitch.

However, at the moment, Wan-Bissaka is serving as a sporadic presence in Erik ten Hag’s squad. Thus, West Ham would be wise to snap him up on loan as they can definitely use someone of his skillset at the London Stadium in the second half of this campaign.

We can expect Wan-Bissaka to add more bite and steel to David Moyes‘ defensive department and could help the Hammers push for a European spot in the Premier League this season. All in all, the former Crystal Palace full-back would be a decent option for the East London club to pursue on loan when the transfer window reopens at the start of next month.

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