Morgan Schneiderlin to West Ham United – Good or bad move?
West Ham United are reportedly interested in a last-minute swoop for Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The former Manchester United star’s form has been rather underwhelming but David Moyes is understood to be desperate for reinforcements after being hit by a wave of injuries.
At present, most of his key attackers like Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic and Diafra Sakho are all battling injuries and the timing is truly terrible since this is an important period in their quest for a higher-placed finish.
Schneiderlin does not lack talent as we have all seen from his time with United. Initially, he was decent enough but his performances took a turn for the worse pretty soon and he ultimately joined the Merseyside club. Once again, his first few performances looked promising enough but as days wore on, so did Schneiderlin’s influence in the middle of the park.
Since then, he has been quite poor but he is still one of Everton’s main players. Despite West Ham’s interest, Everton are keen on holding on to the midfielder and this shows how important he is at Goodison Park. His form deteriorated under Ronald Koeman and even with Sam Allardyce in charge, we are yet to see any significant improvements. Though the Merseysiders have ruled out selling the player, the Hammers should try and convince them to do so.
West Ham were living dangerously close to the relegation zone, which eventually led to the departure of Slaven Bilic. Now, with Moyes in charge, they have looked better and are currently gracing the 11th spot in the points table. Though that is not a bad place to be in, West Ham will have to be stronger in the days to come to fight for their spot.
To that end, Schneiderlin will certainly boost their squad depth. Moyes might just be able to land his man since the Toffees do boast of plenty of options in the midfield area at present. That could be one point to convince Allardyce to cash in on the 28-year-old, as Everton have spent quite a bit in the ongoing window.
One might call it a panic buy of sorts but it is important for Moyes to do what he deems necessary for the club’s progress. Schneiderlin can be quite influential in the right set-up and he has a lot of experience to boot as well. Hence, there will certainly be no harm in bringing him to the East London side but it could prove to be a risky endeavour.
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