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Joelinton could fit nicely into West Ham United’s new side

Joelinton could fit nicely into West Ham United’s new side

Injuries could force Manuel Pellegrini into the January transfer window which opens in less than a month.

The Chilean has made a decent start to life as West Ham manager after replacing David Moyes in the summer. However, injuries have taken a toll on the Hammers squad as they look to build on their reasonably good start to the campaign. Carlos Sanchez will miss the majority of the season with Andriy Yarmolenko also ruled out of the foreseeable future.

Following Marko Arnautovic’s injury which will see him miss up to a month of action, Pellegrini would be wise to bolster his forward options. Andy Carroll has been unable to stay fit in recent seasons with Lucas Perez also unreliable. The Chilean should be in the market for a new forward.

One man he should target is Hoffenheim forward – Joelinton. Valued at just £6.3m by Transfermarkt, the Brazilian has blossomed into a key player for the Bundesliga side after spending two seasons on loan developing at Rapid Vienna. Now flourishing in a starting role, Joelinton should follow in the footsteps of his countryman Roberto Firmino and make a move to the Premier League.

The 22-year-old has been in fine form in Germany, leading the line excellently, scoring an impressive eight goals and registering five assists in all competitions this season. Joelinton is a traditional target man but excels with the ball on his feet, bringing others into the game, averaging 1.6 key passes per game. The youngster also loves to beat his man, completing 1.6 successful dribbles per game, highlighting the danger he will pose to Premier League defences (WhoScored).

The Brazilian has the potential to be a star forward in England, and West Ham should do everything they can to lure him to the London Stadium.

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