At present, David Moyes’ West Ham side boasts a wealth of options both out wide and in attacking midfield, with the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and Nikola Vlasic all capable of operating in the three spots behind Michail Antonio in the Irons’ attack.
However, with the games coming thick and fast for the Hammers in the coming weeks, the 58-year-old manager could still use the addition of a further option in the position.
This is a role that would usually be assigned to Andriy Yarmolenko, the £115k-per-week winger who West Ham paid Borussia Dortmund £17.5m to sign back in 2018, though, with the 32-year-old forward – who Dion Dublin dubbed “embarrassing” against Kidderminster Harriers last weekend – having offered his side next to nothing over the past season and a half, it would very much appear as if the Ukraine international’s days are numbered at the London Stadium.
However, rather than splashing the cash on a big-money signing this summer, perhaps it would be wise for Moyes to take a closer look at one of the Hammers’ most exciting youth prospects over the remainder of the season before making his move in the transfer market – in the shape of 19-year-old Thierry Nevers.
Indeed, it is clear that the winger is a player who those at West Ham have extremely high hopes for, with the club’s academy manager, Ricky Martin, stating of the teenager upon his signing from Reading last summer: “I’m excited to wish Thierry a warm welcome to West Ham United. Thierry is someone that we’ve been following for the last couple of seasons. He’s put in some awe-inspiring performances, and we’re excited to introduce him to the U23s squad.”
And, considering his returns in the West Ham youth setup so far this season, it is easy to see why Martin appears to be so excited about the winger’s potential, as, over his ten Premier League 2 appearances, the teenager has already scored four goals and provided his teammates with one assist.
Furthermore, the forward has also proven that he can comfortably operate in the number nine role, scoring one goal and earning a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.4 from centre-forward in the U21’s 2-0 win over Gillingham in the Papa John’s Trophy earlier this season.
As such, considering his positional versatility, clear eye for goal and abundance of potential, the 19-year-old would very much appear to be Yarmolenko’s ideal successor in the West Ham first team – all he needs is the chance to stake his claim.