A January Raid To Sign Alfie Mawson Could Solve David Moyes’ Key Problem At West Ham United – Agreed?
West Ham United look like a completely different team under David Moyes, as they have managed to pick up few points from some tough fixtures. They are out of the drop zone for good and the manager is now looking to help his side compete for a place high up the points table, for the rest of the season.
The Hammers have a seriously talented squad at their disposal but injuries to key players have left the manager short of quality in many positions recently. So it does not come as a surprise that he is looking to add some fresh faces in January. One name that is doing the rounds is Swansea City star, Alfie Mawson.
The England U21 international is a product of the Brentford academy and only moved to Swansea at the start of the previous season. However, he has cemented his place in the first-team rather quickly and has already made 45 PL appearances till date, including 18 starts this season.
Known for his strength and ability to read the game, Mawson is a dominant presence in the box, where he comfortably wins most of the crosses thrown at him. He is a confident defender, never shy of throwing himself around. He can dribble from the back but is also precise with his distribution, which makes him a dangerous defender.
He has 5 Premier League goals in 46 appearances, which shows his quality at the other end as well, and will fit into West Ham’s style of play without much fuzz.
The Hammers have a plethora of options in central defence, with Angelo Ogbonna the only player retaining a place in the first-team constantly. Winston Reid, when fit, is the first choice for Moyes. However, their backups James Collins, Jose Fonte and Chiekhou Kouyate have just not been able to cement a place in the first-team due to injuries.
Moyes has used a 3-man backline this season but has had to use full-back Aaron Cresswell as the left-sided CB, due to a lack of options. Mawson will solve this problem, not just for this season, but for the years to come.
He has played every minute of Swansea’s league campaign this season and at just 23, is surely a star for the future. He is already knocking the door of the Three Lions national side and is a player that will surely improve West Ham.