ExWHUemployee has reported three right-backs who West Ham United are targetting this January, as they look to bring someone in before the deadline.
During the West Ham Way Podcast 166, he claimed that RB Salzburg’s Rasmus Kristensen and Kelvin Amian of Toulouse are both targets for the Hammers, while it was also suggested on Twitter that Genk’s Joakim Maehle is another option being considered.
With Ryan Fredericks still out injured, getting a right-back in before the window shuts can be seen as an important acquisition, so that some pressure can be taken off the ageing Pablo Zabaleta.
FFC have analysed the three options identified by the insider, looking at how useful they could be for West Ham.
Age shouldn’t have too much of a bearing on the decision made regarding the trio, as Amian is 21 years old, while the other two are both 22.
Looking at the attacking side of the game, Maehle is undoubtedly the most effective player out of the three, as the Dane has the same number of key passes per game as the other two combined – in addition, he has more than triple the number of dribbles of either Kristensen or Amian.
The two Danish full-backs both record 3.3 tackles per game, but Kristensen’s combined number of fouls and dribbled past equates to 3.2, while Maehle’s total is 0.7, indicating that the Genk man is more efficient with his tackling.
Maehle also averages more interceptions per game than any of the other two, though he does have the lowest number of clearances, while Kristensen tops the table with 3.2. The lack of clearances could be indicative that he helps to play out from the back, rather than looking to simply get rid.
Off the back of these statistics, it has to be said that Maehle looks like the best option out of the three for the Hammers, especially as those efficient numbers have come against Liverpool, Napoli and RB Salzburg.