Why West Ham should plot a January swoop for Morgan Sanson
Back in June, the Sky Sports had claimed that West Ham were interested in Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson. However, a deal didn’t go through during the summer transfer window.
Morgan Sanson, 25, came through the youth ranks of FC Le Mans before going on to make a switch to Montpellier in the summer of 2013.
The Frenchman made a name for himself at Stade de la Mosson after he scored 13 goals and grabbed as many assists in 106 appearances for the French club across all competitions. Following his impressive performances, Marseille came calling in 2017 and signed him.
Since joining Marseille, the midfielder has gone on to feature in 114 matches for them, registering 18 goals while providing 15 assists across all competitions. He has already made six appearances for Marseille this season and has got one assist to his name.
As far as West Ham are concerned, they are in dire need for midfield reinforcements. Manuel Pellegrini sanctioned Pedro Obiang’s sale to Sassuolo in the summer but failed to bring in his replacement. That left him with Declan Rice, Jack Wilshere, Mark Noble and Carlos Sanchez as only options in central midfield.
If the Hammers are to break into the top six this season, Pellegrini should take a dip in the transfer market to sign a midfielder. And Morgan Sanson fits the bill at the London Stadium.
A box-to-box midfielder, Sanson has the ability to pick a pass in the final third. He can make some clever runs into the opposition penalty box and finish off chances.
The Frenchman is strong on the ball, a good dribbler and can make crucial tackles and interceptions for his team. He is an energetic presence in the engine room and can provide adequate protection to his team’s backline.
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The addition of an all-action midfielder like Sanson will undeniably be a massive coup for West Ham if they can find a way to lure him to the London stadium. He will not only add more quality to Pellegrini’s midfield but could also improve the overall depth of the Hammers squad.
At 25, The Frenchman still has real potential to get even better, and he notched a decent return of five goals and three assists in Ligue 1 last season, showing his quality from the midfield.
Therefore, Pellegrini should try his level best to sign Sanson in January as the midfielder could make an immediate impact for West Ham.