In Focus: West Ham must aim higher following link to Bristol City defender

According to reports in The Sun, West Ham United are said to be ready to rival West Bromwich Albion for the signing of Bristol City defender Aden Flint this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 27-year-old has been in fine form for the Robins over the course of the last three seasons and he recently helped City secure their Championship status following their promotion from League One last term.

His impressive performances are said to have caught the eye of both Slaven Bilic and Tony Pulis as they consider strengthening at the heart of their respective defences this summer, and City boss Lee Johnson couldn’t give any guarantees that he would be wearing the red shirt again next term.

What did he say?

Speaking before his side’s final day clash at home to Bristol City on Sunday, Johnson said: “I can’t give any assurances to be honest.

“We know what football’s like.

“If you feel that the player wants to go – and the player’s quadrupling their wages – and you’ve got a couple of players you can bring in that will be better or better in the future then it’s again just part of football.”

How good has he been?

He has been very impressive, to be honest.

In 42 Championship appearances this season he has been something of a rock at the back for the Robins after making 374 clearances and 54 interceptions, while the 6’6” centre-back has also won a remarkable 238 aerial duels.

It isn’t just his defensive game that is so impressive though, as he has also scored five goals – showing how influential he can be at the other end of the pitch as well.

In fact, he scored an incredible 15 goals in all competitions as the club won promotion from League One in 2015.

What would he bring to West Ham?

He would bring height, he would bring committed defensive performances and, almost certainly, goals.

While the Irons have kept three consecutive Premier League clean sheets, they have looked shaky at times this season and Flint looks as though he is ready to make the step up to the top flight – whether that be at the London Stadium or elsewhere.

What’s the verdict, then?

With Jose Fonte, James Collins and Winston Reid impressing in recent weeks, and with Angelo Ogbonna still to return from injury, it remains unclear whether Bilic would take a gamble on a player that has never featured in the Premier League to strengthen his defence.

A move seems doubtful, but in football you just never know.

 


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