The West Ham United fans have been delighted with the progress made by Arthur Masuaku so far this season, but recent reports have given them reason to believe he could depart the club this summer.
The resident Hammers propping up our bar could regularly be heard slating the performances of Masuaku during his debut season with the club, but fast-forward 12 months and it’s fair to say their opinion has shifted dramatically. Since David Moyes arrived at the club, Masuaku has predominantly been deployed as a left-midfielder rather than in his natural left-back position.
So far Moyes’ decision seems to have paid off, as he has been able to showcase his attacking qualities in the final-third without compromising West Ham’s defensive unit. Despite the fact Masuaku was quickly written off by supporters during his debut season in English football, his development throughout the current campaign suggests the 24-year-old is destined for a bright future in the game and, according to recent reports from The Sun, his form in recent weeks has attracted interest from outside the club.
The report claims that Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Monaco are all interested in signing the Congolese defender this summer and, if that proves to be the case, West Ham will certainly struggle to convince him to stay at the London Stadium. The promise of European football whether it be the Champions League or the Europa League will certainly be an enticing prospect for Masuaku, so Moyes needs to begin preparing a back-up plan on the premise that he may decide to embark on a new challenge this summer.
With that being said, West Ham should target the reliable Keiran Gibbs this summer to replace Masuaku. Gibbs is currently contracted to West Bromwich Albion, but the Baggies imminent relegation will certainly force him to re-think his career in the summer.
At 28-years-old it’s extremely unlikely Gibbs will be willing to play his trade in the second tier of English football, so West Ham should make a bid to sign him this summer in the event that Masuaku departs the club. Although he does not offer the same level of flair or creativity as Masuaku, Gibbs provides a greater level of consistency and composure in possession, so he would undoubtedly be a worthy replacement for the Congolese star.
It will be a bitterly disappointing blow to take for West Ham if Masuaku decides to leave the club this summer, but if they are unable to persuade him to remain at the London Stadium they should do everything they can to land Gibbs as a replacement.
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