West Ham missed out on signing their ideal No.10 in the summer in Brahim Diaz

West Ham United summer target Brahim Diaz impressed and scored a brace in Manchester City’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win against Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night, and the Irons looked to have missed out on signing their ideal No.10.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun reported back in June that Manuel Pellegrini was keen to bring the teenager to the London Stadium on a season-long loan deal as a replacement for long-term injury absentee Manuel Lanzini.

However, with the Chilean manager bringing the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Lucas Perez and Felipe Anderson to the club during a busy summer transfer window a temporary move for Diaz never materialised.

The 19-year-old has found first-team opportunities hard to come by under Pep Guardiola this term despite being highly rated by the Spaniard, and he has featured for just 148 minutes in all competitions.

Why have West Ham missed out?

Well, Pellegrini has favoured a 4-3-3 system in recent weeks but without Lanzini, they have been missing that player who can make an attacking difference from the middle of the park.

Mark Noble and Felipe Anderson have both attempted and ultimately failed to fill that role in recent weeks, and the Irons really need a player who can score and create through the centre behind Marko Arnautovic.

Diaz proved against Fulham on Thursday that he could have done that job effectively for the east London outfit, and Pellegrini should be regretting missing out on a player who could have taken up the No.10 mantle in Lanzini’s absence and improved their dwindling goal threat.

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