The international break has come at a welcome time for West Ham who remain bottom of the Premier League table.
Manuel Pellegrini is yet to claim a single point since replacing David Moyes in the dugout of the London Stadium. The Chilean splashed over £100m on new players in the summer, but their extravagant spending is yet to transition to great performances on the field. West Ham face Everton at Goodison Park next weekend hoping to get their season back on track.
The former Manchester City boss needs to address the Hammers’ defensive woes quickly if he is to improve their fortunes. West Ham’s defence has looked shaky during their first four games, and things will only get worse if Pellegrini doesn’t fix the problem soon. The ex-Real Madrid manager may have one eye on the January transfer window for potential solutions.
One man he should be targeting is Toulouse lynchpin – Ibrahim Sangare. Valued at £6.75m by Transfermarkt, the Ivorian has gone from strength-to-strength since joining the club in 2016 from AS Denguele. Sangare has become a crucial player for his side, making 20 Ligue 1 appearances last season.
The 20-year-old would add some much-needed steel into the West Ham midfield and give the defence the protection it has been craving. Sangare averaged an incredible 3.6 tackles per game last season, only Leicester’s Wilfred N’Didi averaged more in the entire Premier League, highlighting what he would bring to the West Ham side. The youngster also loves to spray the ball high to the wing, averaging 3.6 long balls per game last season (WhoScored).
If his impressive performances continue, it won’t be long before a European giant snap him up. West Ham need to move quickly to secure his signature.
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