West Ham opinion: Why West Ham shouldn’t make a move for Ivan Perisic
English news outlet Football London has reported that West Ham are keen on a move for Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic. The Croatian forward was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham and Arsenal in the winter window.
Yet, nothing ever materialized, with Arsenal unable to pay a permanent fee for the Croatian. Inter Milan even accused the Gunners of conning the 30-year-old (Independent), with the move not taking place in the end.
This gives West Ham a chance to make a move for Perisic. While they do need reinforcement next season, they cannot be targeting a forward who is past his best days.
There is no doubting Ivan Perisic’s talent or ability on the ball, with the Croatian showing it very regularly last season. His performances at the 2018 World Cup were spectacular, showing exactly why Arsenal wanted him.
Despite all that, Perisic is not the man for West Ham. Like a few Premier League clubs last season, West Ham made a number of summer signings but all of them haven’t been successful, so they’ll have to make sure that they get it right this time around.
The 30-year-old has struggled a lot this season, with injuries playing a big part in that. Furthermore, he’s looked a shadow of the player he once was, with the Croatian struggling to find the net consistently.
It showcases just how much he has deteriorated over the last few months, and why the Hammers shouldn’t consider a move for him. West Ham need someone younger. Felipe Anderson prefers playing in a central position, hence, West Ham will have to look for another player right-winger in the summer.
The Brazilian has been incredible since arriving last summer, becoming a big game player for Manuel Pellegrini. Someone like David Neres and Steven Bergwijn would be great alternatives to Perisic. They have the experience, despite being below the age of 27 and have been lethal for their sides.
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There is no doubting what Ivan Perisic once was, but the Croatian simply isn’t doing much anymore for any side in the world. At the moment, that is not something that West Ham need in their locker, especially given what they are trying to achieve.