In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Rudy Galetti stated that West Ham United star Lucas Paqueta is on the radar of Manchester City. It has been claimed that Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to sign him from the Hammers next year.
Paqueta’s Impressive Form At The London Stadium This Season
Paqueta has proven himself to be an important member of David Moyes’ squad this season and has done well to put in a few eye-catching displays for them in the final third. The Brazilian talent has scored three goals and grabbed one assist in 14 matches for the East London club during this campaign across multiple competitions.
The 26-year-old has been a positive influence in both halves based on his average of 2.7 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 1.1 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even distributed the ball relatively well after making 76.5% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).
Paqueta is under contract at the London Stadium until the summer of 2027. Hence, David Moyes would be under no pressure to cash in on him next year unless he receives a big-money offer for the player.
Can West Ham United Boss David Moyes Afford To Lose Paqueta?
Paqueta is a good tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to earn the ball back for his team. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the offensive.
The Brazilian playmaker can shoot the ball with venom from all ranges and can even orchestrate some decent openings for his teammates in the opponent’s half. He is a good dribbler with the ball as well. The South American attacker mainly operates in the number ten position but can also play as a box-to-box midfielder if needed.
Paqueta remains a valuable member of David Moyes’ match-day squad. He is good enough to help the Hammers compete for a European spot once again in the Premier League this season.
Thus, West Ham simply cannot afford to lose Paqueta when the transfer commences at the start of next year. Moyes would be better off keeping hold of him at least until the end of this season.