Cheap and Sensible Transfers that West Ham Should Consider in 2023
Inspired by TifoFootball’s series of sensible transfers, I will attempt to pinpoint players that big and small sides in the Premier League and beyond can sign. The upper budget limit will be 15 million Euros, which in today’s transfer market is practically a pittance. All valuations are taken from Transfermarkt.
I was optimistic for West Ham after finishing seventh last season, especially with additions like Lucas Paqueta and Gianluca Scamacca. The squad needs some new additions to freshen up their performances and with a strong and stable second part of the season, they might even finish in the top half. I want to thank West Ham fan Luke James for helping me pick the positions that need signings.
- Alexander Sörloth
After a few false dawns, Alexander Sörloth has started the current campaign in strong form, scoring seven and assisting one in 13 La Liga games. Combine this with two goals and one assist in five Europa League games and two in four in the Copa del Rey and his performances are looking very promising. At 27, he brings a certain level of experience to his game, having played in Denmark, England, Turkey, Spain and Germany. Fbref is currently ranking him fourth for non-penalty xG in Spain. This move could finally see him succeed in England, after his disappointing spell with Crystal Palace.
- Adrien Truffert
It seems that nowadays France is a hotbed where relatively cheap talent can be found around every corner. Truffert is no different, having an amazing season for Rennes. The 21-year-old is defensively sound, averaging 3.31 tackles and interceptions per 90 but is also adept at helping his squad move forward. High numbers for passing and chance-creating actions translate to five assists this season. He is far from the finished product, but could be a smart and cheap pick-up to provide some competition for Cresswell.
1. Krepin Diatta
Diatta has been touted for a move away from Monaco for some years now. This season he has started to get regular game time and has repaid his manager’s trust with two goals and one assist in eleven starts. Very clean on the ball, with 81% pass accuracy and is a very good crosser, which would work very well with a tall attacker like Scamacca. Whilst his numbers aren’t as spectacular as Ouattara’s, he has more experience than his Lorient counterpart.
By: Eduard Holdis / @HE_Ftbl
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