West Ham United should have moved for Ndidi instead of Sanchez

West Ham United completed the signing of Carlos Sanchez on transfer deadline day, but they should have been targeting Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi.

What’s the word?

Manuel Pellegrini has already made a big impression on the Hammers having brought in plenty of new signings this summer.

The Chilean swiftly improved all areas of the pitch, but the late arrival of Sanchez was not warmly welcomed by all West Ham fans.

The Colombian international already has experience in English football having spent two years playing for Aston Villa.

His arrival on Thursday did not spark much excitement among the supporters, but perhaps they would have been more enthused had Wilfred Ndidi joined the club.

The Leicester City midfielder has previously been linked to Arsenal, but he ended up staying at the King Power Stadium this summer.

Why was he a better option?

The 21-year-old may be young but he has a better understanding of the Premier League than Sanchez.

Ndidi – valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt – had the unenviable task of replacing N’Golo Kante at Leicester when he joined from Genk, and he has done a decent job.

The midfielder is a strong tackler and reads the game well, which allows him to make timely interceptions.

As well as protecting the back line, the Nigerian is positive moving forward.

The midfielder can pick out a pass and has the ability to set up attacks from deep.