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West Ham United Set To Rival Aston Villa For This Bundesliga Ace: Decent Option For Moyes?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Sport 1 stated that West Ham United are set to rival Aston Villa for Eintracht Frankfurt ace Djibril Sow. It is believed that the Hammers are hoping to get the Swiss midfielder on board next year.

Sow’s Impressive Run Of Form In German Football

Sow is having a solid campaign for both his club and country as he put in a run of impressive displays at the centre of the park. The 25-year-old has scored two times and secured one assist in 34 matches for the German club this season across multiple competitions.

The Zurich-born sensation has been a consistent performer in midfield based on his average of 1.2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 0.8 clearances, 0.7 shots and 0.7 key passes per 90 minutes in Bundesliga. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from midfield after making 86.5% of his attempted passes in the German top flight (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Frankfurt is set to run out in the summer of 2024. Hence, West Ham could potentially land him on a cut-price deal next summer.

London Stadium
London Stadium

Is Sow A Decent Option For West Ham United Boss David Moyes?

Sow is a decent tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to earn the ball back for his side at the centre of the park. He doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed and can test the opposition keeper with his shots at goal. The Swiss talent can also engineer some meaningful openings for others around him in the final third. He is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also fill in as a defensive midfielder or play in the number ten position if his manager tells him to do so.

At 25, Sow will only get better in the coming seasons which makes him a decent option for West Ham United boss David Moyes to consider next summer.

We can expect Sow to bring more bite and steel to the East London club‘s midfield and increase competition for places within their match-day squad. However, only time will tell whether he can adapt to the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football if the Hammers manage to lure him to the London Stadium at the end of this campaign.

Still, the pros outweigh the cons of recruiting Sow as he has what it takes to help West Ham push for a European spot over the next few years.

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