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Bringing in Gbamin would help West Ham forget about Pedro Obiang

Bringing in Gbamin would help West Ham forget about Pedro Obiang

West Ham look a force to be reckoned with at the moment after recruiting seven new players to join the London Stadium alongside new boss Manuel Pellegrini. 

Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson are the new kids on the block and immediately, West Ham have cast away their nightmare 13th place finish last season as they look ahead to challenging for top 10 or even European football.

With rumours of midfield Pedro Obiang leaving heating up, the Hammers must only sell the Spaniard if they could bring in Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Pedro Obiang was one of West Ham’s top midfielders before facing months on the sideline towards the backend of last season and now his future with West Ham is in doubt, despite Manuel Pellegrini wanting to keep him.

The 22-year-old Ivorian currently operates in midfield for Bundesliga side Mainz, Jurgen Klopp’s old side. Versatile is practically Gbamin’s middle name as not only can he play as a defensive midfielder but also as a centre-back or box-to-box midfielder. That would be a massive attraction for Manuel Pellegrini, who is keen to add quality to both midfield and defence, so killing two birds with one stone is something Jean-Philippe Gbamin would offer.

Last season, Gbamin made 30 Bundesliga appearances, scoring on one occasion and supplying three assists for his teammates, with the majority of his play coming from the defensive midfield role.

At such a young age, the Ivorian has time to adapt to the London Stadium and make a real name for himself alongside several other new signings. His ability is noticeable and should West Ham lose Pedro Obiang, Gbamin would be the ultimate replacement and improvement.

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