The Lowdown: Zinchenko linked with West Ham
According to the Evening Standard, the Hammers and Arsenal are both interested in securing the Ukraine international this summer.
90min reported that the 25-year-old is open to leaving the Etihad Stadium if clubs are able to offer him guaranteed minutes in midfield, a role in which he excels for his national team.
City are unable to present these opportunities to Zinchenko with the vast number of options available in Pep Guardiola’s squad, so the player will have to look elsewhere he if wants to fulfil his ambitions further up the pitch.
The Latest: Taylor’s claim on Zinchenko
Taylor believes that he can see West Ham manager David Moyes making a move for Zinchenko this summer, given the Ukrainian’s versatility.
Speaking with GiveMeSport, he claimed: “I think a left-back would certainly be on the agenda for West Ham. I know there was brief interest in Hassane Kamara from Watford, but nothing’s really materialised from that as such.
“I think Zinchenko’s versatility makes him a great option to any club, but obviously, he’s got experience winning the Premier League, so yeah, I think that’s one they could look at.”
The Verdict: He’d be a great signing
The 25-year-old’s ability to play in a number of positions across the pitch is illustrated by his impressive underlying statistics.
When compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, the City utility man ranks in the 99th percentile for assists, progressive passes and progressive carries. He is capable of winning plenty of possession, too, given his presence in the 82nd percentile for aerial duels won (via FBRef).
Hammers, would Zinchenko be the perfect West Ham signing?
100%, simply has to happen
No, need a striker
Given Zinchenko’s desire to feature in midfield, where there could be a vacancy if Declan Rice doesn’t stay put amid ongoing transfer interest, Moyes would need to guarantee him a role other than left-back. Otherwise, the Irons could miss out on a potentially great signing this summer.
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