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Zakaria is the defensive midfielder West Ham have been craving

Zakaria is the defensive midfielder West Ham have been craving

West Ham have arguably been one of the surprise packages in the transfer market this summer, having recruited seven quality players. 

The Hammers were extremely poor last season and a squad overhaul was due this summer, it’s just fans didn’t actually think it would happen. So far, they have smashed their transfer record twice with the signings of young French defender Issa Diop and Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson, showing that even their owners David Sullivan and David Gold realised the needed for added quality. 

Even being the second biggest spenders in the league, West Ham could still improve a couple of positions, starting by adding a defensive midfielder of Denis Zakaria’s quality. 

The Swiss international plays his club football with Borussia Monchengladbach and with the Bundesliga outfit reportedly interested in West Ham’s Reece Oxford returning to Germany, a deal could be possible with the inclusion of these players.

West Ham would be much better off with Zakaria, as the defensive midfielder is already a top player at the age of 21, without the attitude problems Reece Oxford suffers from. He made 30 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, even managing 2 goals and 3 assists. That goal involvement proves that although he is defensive minded, Zakaria is more than capable at getting forward and helping out in attack as well. 

He has great strength and retains possession well, he can spray the ball around and most of all, he would be an improvement on recently sold Cheikhou Kouyate at West Ham. 

The Hammers are looking up rather than down for the first season in a while, something that could be interesting for Denis Zakaria to be involved with. 

Under the management of Premier League winning Manuel Pellegrini, Zakaria among other players could enjoy a terrific season, helping West Ham improve on their 13th place from last season. 

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