West Ham could be on the lookout for a playmaker during the January transfer window.
Manuel Pellegrini’s creative department has been depleted with injuries to both Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko. Lanzini was sidelined in pre-season and is expected to miss the majority of the campaign. On the other hand, Yarmolenko could lose as much as six months after being forced off the field against Everton; a bitter blow to Pellegrini following his decent start to life at the London Stadium.
With the Hammers struggling for goals, the former Manchester City boss should be searching for a playmaker to bring the best out of their forwards. One man the Chilean should be keeping tabs on is Genk maestro – Alejandro Pozuelo.
Valued at just £6.3m by Transfermarkt, the former Swansea man has developed into a crucial player for the Belgian side after leaving Rayo Vallecano on a free transfer back in 2015. Pozuelo ended last season with six goals and 11 assists, as Genk could only manage to finish in a Europa League spot. The Spaniard has been in excellent form during the new campaign, netting four goals and registering 13 assists already with Genk currently sitting top of the Belgium Pro League.
The 27-year-old is a nimble playmaker with a low centre of gravity similar to Lanzini. With close control and expert dribbling ability, Pozuelo would be a welcome addition to the West Ham midfield. Averaging an impressive 3.3 key passes per game this season (WhoScored), his arrival could help Marko Arnautovic score even more goals and bring the best out of Javier Hernandez.
Bringing the midfielder back to England in January could prove to be an astute piece of business by the Hammers.
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