West Ham supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team thumped by Manchester City last weekend, thus placing huge emphasis on Saturday’s trip to Leicester City.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the Citizens off the back of losing 4-1 to Arsenal in their preceding league encounter, and they fell to Pep Guardiola’s side by the same scoreline at the London Stadium on Sunday. And that defeat, their 16th of the campaign, leaves them just three points clear of the bottom three ahead of their visit to out-of-form Leicester on Saturday, with the Hammers in need of a positive result to keep the relegation zone out of harm’s way.
Subsequently, there have been many disappointed and despondent West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can indeed get something from their trip to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Hammers supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking Tottenham with a move for Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson, who not too long ago was linked with a move to West Ham.
And the 24-year-old should forget about a move to North London, as it appears that the perfect destination for the £10.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) is indeed the London Stadium.
Ultimately, even if Toby Alderweireld as expected is to leave Tottenham this summer, it’s difficult to see how Mawson would command regular football under Mauricio Pochettino, what with Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez forming quite the partnership in the heart of the Spurs backline this season.
And with Eric Dier hugely adept at centre half as well and often used there by manager Pochettino, the Swansea defender is likely going to struggle to play every week, even if they do indeed qualify for the Champions League and thus play three times most weeks.
And at the age of 24, having been called up to the England squad by manager Gareth Southgate back in March, Mawson simply cannot afford to waste too much time sitting on the bench waiting for his opportunity – the fact he was selected by Southgate suggests that he is in his thoughts, both for the World Cup and beyond.
And with greater first team opportunities available at West Ham, the 24-year-old would be better served moving to East London.
Jose Fonte left the club earlier this season to move to the Chinese Super League while fellow centre-back James Collins sees his contract expire this summer, so Moyes will undoubtedly be eyeing defensive reinforcements in a bid to take the team further next term (should he remain in charge).
Yes, Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, and Declan Rice, all of whom have performed solidly this term, could well remain at the London Stadium, but Mawson has proven his credentials in the Premier League to suggest that he could be better than all of them, and go on to become a quality centre back for both club and country.
So while Tottenham may seem a more attractive proposition, it’s imperative at this stage of his career that Mawson is playing regularly, and that seems highly unlikely were he to move to North London.
Whereas opportunities would be more forthcoming at the London Stadium, which is why he must forget Spurs and instead opt for West Ham this summer.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!