Gonzalo Jara (Chile)

‘Big Sam’ has received a lot of stick for his defensive tactics last season, but is already moving in the right direction with the purchase of Mauro Zarate up front. However, many attacks need to start from the back, and Gonzalo Jara may be the perfect player in the Hammers defence.

Jara is a natural right back, but has been deployed in center midfield at Nottingham Forest due to his sound ability to pass the ball out of danger. The 27-year-old does not lose the ball, a trait all attacking teams must possess.

With Nottingham Forest Jara understands the style of play associated with English football, not needing to adapt like others coming from South America. Guy Demel isn’t getting any younger at right back, and Sam Allardyce would do well to gamble on this £1.5million bargain.


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