According to the Spanish point of sale sport, West Ham United are excited about a move for Martin Braithwaite from Barcelona.
Indeed, the Danish forward’s performances at the European Championships have reportedly sparked the interest of a number of Premier League clubs, although it is difficult to see Braithwaite having a bright future at Camp Nou.
Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay both arrived with free transfers and the 30-year-old is reportedly (via Athleticism) up for sale.
After selling Sebastien Haller in January, West Ham needs a striker, even though he managed to qualify for the Europa League without him.
With that in mind, GIVEMESPORT writers Jonathan Gorrie, Sam Brookes, Joshua Cole and Christy Malyan have delivered their verdict on whether or not he would be a good signing for David Moyes’ side.
It looks like the West Ham of old.
Rather than signing rejections from Europe’s biggest teams, the Moyes regime should be inclined to continue their improved recruiting record of late and pick a player with their career ahead of them.
Embarking on an upward trajectory last season, West Ham must maintain the momentum with a big signing that can put the club into its best years.
âIt would be a shrewd deal from West Ham.
“Some may point out that Braithwaite is now 30 years old, but he appears to be a latecomer, perhaps due to the difficulties he faced in his early years, such as being in a wheelchair when he was young.
“He may not have quite made the cup in Barcelona, ââbut there is no shame in that. His experience of playing alongside Messi et al will be very useful for the European adventure. of West Ham next year, and his arrival would ease the burden on Michail Antonio up front, which will be crucial if the Irons are to replicate their impressive 2020/21 season next season. “
âWhile it’s fair to say that Braithwaite has improved his game since joining La Liga, his previous performances in English football left a lot to be desired.
“During his time at Middlesbrough, the striker struggled considerably for consistency as he only managed to score eight goals in 36 appearances in the league.
“With no guarantees that he will be able to face the competitiveness the Premier League is famous for, it would be a major mistake for West Ham if they rushed for him this summer.
âInstead of taking a step forward from Barcelona, ââthe Hammers should instead consider the possibility of recruiting someone who has a proven track record in delivering goods at this level as it could help them keep the momentum going. ‘they have. managed to accumulate in recent months. “
âMartin Braithwaite has never been a prolific goalscorer, so if West Ham expects a complete center forward who can boost his power with a lethal finish, you better look elsewhere.
But tactically speaking, I’m not sure it really matters to West Ham. If you look at how David Moyes set up his squad last season, the Irons were at their best when they had Jesse Lingard, Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen all roaming the final third, passing each other and creating a surprisingly fluid attack.
Braithwaite can fit into that. He operated in a wealth of different roles this season and can occupy more than one position while still constituting a goal threat, although not extremely consistent.
And we must not forget that Antonio was not considered a reliable goalscorer just a few years ago. Under David Moyes it is notched 21 of 55 appearances.”
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