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West Ham United Identify This Gifted Striker As A Target: Good Choice For Moyes?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Fichajes mentioned that West Ham United have identified Flamengo striker Pedro as a target. It has been claimed that the Hammers are eyeing a move to land the Brazilian centre-forward in the summer.

Pedro’s Decent Numbers In Brazilian Football

Pedro is having a brilliant campaign in Brazilian football as he has produced a run of productive displays as the focal point of Flamengo’s attack over the past few months. The 25-year-old has found the back of the net on nine occasions and picked up two assists in seven matches for the Brazilian club this season across all fronts.

The Rio de Janeiro-born talent led the line well by averaging 2.2 shots and 0.7 key passes per game in the Brasileirao. However, he needs to work on improving his ball distribution after making only 72.8% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Pedro’s current deal with Flamengo is set to expire at the end of 2027. Thus, it won’t be easy for the Hammers to snap him up on the cheap this summer as the Brazilian club has no immediate need to cash in on their prized asset.

Pedro
Pedro

Is Pedro A Good Choice For West Ham United?

Pedro is proficient at engineering space for himself to get a few shots in at goal. He can even create some decent chances for his teammates on the attacking end of the field.

Standing at 1.85m, Pedro can use his frame to compete for the loose ball in the air. The Brazilian talent has proven himself to be a prolific goal-scorer at Flamengo. Thus, it is no surprise that West Ham are keeping an eye on him.

We can expect Pedro to enhance the quality of David Moyes‘ frontline at the London Stadium. At 25, he has his best years ahead of him and is well-equipped to make a real impact in the Premier League.

Pedro has what it takes to offer some serious competition for Michail Antonio and Gianluca Scamacca at the East London club. Thus, he will be a decent choice for the Hammers to pursue at the end of this campaign as he could help them compete for a European spot over the next few years. However, there are some question marks over whether he can cope with the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football if West Ham end up acquiring his services next summer.

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