Samir Nasri inspired West Ham to a massive victory against former club Arsenal to boost West Ham’s hopes of a European finish.
The Frenchman played his first Premier League game since appearing for Manchester City against the Hammers back in August 2016 and made an instant impact at his new employers. Nasri was involved in the opener, laying off Declan Rice who gave Bernd Leno no chance with a fantastic finish. The 19-year-old’s first ever Premier League goal for the club was enough to seal all three points for the visitors.
West Ham deserved all three points following one of their best performances since Manuel Pellegrini took over in the summer. The Chilean strengthened his squad heavily in the summer and is expected to add to his roster now the window is open yet again. Reports in the Daily Mail suggested that adding another midfielder to his squad is a priority and Newcastle midfielder, Jonjo Shelvey, is on his shortlist.
Instead, Pellegrini should make a move for Braga youngster – Mamadou N’Diaye. Valued at just £900k by Transfermarkt, the Senegalese midfielder rose through the ranks at the club but wasn’t given the chance to impress in the senior side. Instead, he joined fellow Portuguese side, Moreirense, on loan and has been one of the most consistent performers in Liga NOS this season.
The 22-year-old would give Pellegrini the defensive midfielder he has been searching for since joining the London club. N’Diaye loves to get stuck in and would add some steel to the Hammers engine room, averaging an incredible 2.5 tackles per game. Despite his young age, the midfielder reads the game expertly, allowing him to cut passing lanes and average an impressive 2.2 interceptions per game. N’Diaye has also helped his team’s cause with three goals this season (WhoScored).
Still improving and developing, luring the dynamo to the London Stadium could prove to be a masterstroke.
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