After reports that West Ham were willing to make a move for Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater this summer, Hammers fans in the Transfer Tavern seemed disheartened at the prospect of another underwhelming signing being the highlight of their summer.
A disappointing season has been the talk of the London Stadium this season, after Slaven Bilic’s sacking in November, David Moyes is still yet to drag the Hammers away from the relegation zone. With just three games to play and back-to-back 4-1 defeats, things are not as they were promised when West Ham made the move away from Upton Park.
The promise of European football and marquee signings has not been met by the owners David Gold and David Sullivan and fans have started to voice their discontent from the stands, with a pitch invasion apparent during their 3-0 loss to Burnley this season. The team looks like it is lacking pride and enthusiasm despite their dangerous league position with any potential relegation being hugely damaging for the club.
Whilst the future of David Moyes is still in the air reports emerged that West Ham were willing to smash their transfer record for a Premier League winner. The excitement soon turned to despondency as the name Danny Drinkwater emerged in the local papers. Despite his successes at Leicester the central midfielder has struggled to fit in at Chelsea, proving unable to overturn the ageing Cesc Fabregas and unpredictable Tiemoue Bakayoko in the heart of the Blues midfield.
The fact he has only made 12 league appearances for Antonio Conte’s men this year, is something that should alarm the Mr Gold and Sullivan. Instead pushing them in the direction to sign a more exciting, talked about talent from one of Europe’s most emerging national teams. Step forward Leander Dendoncker. The Anderlecht playmaker that has caught the eye of many scouts in the elite European leagues.
Another stunning season at the heart of the Anderlecht midfield, the 23-year-old is a defensive midfielder that could replace the ageing Mark Noble and provide the invaluable protection to the ever fragile defence that has caused so many problems this season. With European and International experience he would provide the calm head and forward thinking passing that many Hammers fans feel is missing.
With the hope of European football coming to the London Stadium in the coming years, his experience in the Champions League will be key and his young age would enable a spine to be formed around the combative yet stylish hotshot. Crystal Palace are also set to be interested in the midfielder but with West Ham willing to spend big on Drinkwater. they are surely willing to pay up to £20m for a player of Dendoncker’s quality.
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