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West Ham United can form deadly duo with Georginio Wijnaldum transfer

West Ham United enjoyed another strong Premier League season under David Moyes in 2021/22.

The Hammers won 16, drew eight and lost 14 of their 38 matches, ultimately ending the campaign in seventh place with 56 points on the board.

One man who was particularly prominent for the team throughout the season was midfielder Declan Rice.

With 36 league appearances to his name, the Englishman racked up more minutes than any other outfield player at the club. The 23-year-old won more tackles (53), made more interceptions (95) and posted a higher pass completion percentage (90.7%) than any other player in Moyes’ squad.

This shows just how important he is to the team and why he played so many games for them last season.

Looking ahead to the future, with the summer transfer window still open, one man with whom the Hammers have been linked and who could give Moyes the chance to create a formidable duo alongside Rice is Georginio Wijnaldum.

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West Ham United manager David Moyes applauds the fans

How many points did West Ham end the Premier League season with?

Having made 217 appearances in the Premier League during his time with Newcastle United and Liverpool, the midfielder certainly has enough top-flight experience to be able to hit the ground running if he does make a return to England from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

During his last four Premier League campaigns with the Reds, the Dutchman won 112 tackles and made 123 blocks and 110 interceptions, highlighting the defensive prowess that he has in a similar vein to Rice.

From an attacking point of view, the 31-year-old racked up 203 shot-creating actions in the same timeframe, which shows how dangerous he can be in terms of getting up the pitch.

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Hailed by PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino as an “aggressive” player “who throws himself into the opponent’s area when it is necessary to score goals and in the defensive phase, who presses, recovers, and has an impact on duels”, the Dutchman would undoubtedly be a useful midfield asset for West Ham.

Taking all this into account, it seems clear that Rice and Wijnaldum would complement each other well in terms of being able to do the hard work off the ball and provide danger in attacking movements.

This should definitely make the Irons consider a move to bring the £180k-per-week midfielder back to the Premier League this summer.

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Article title: West Ham United can form deadly duo with Georginio Wijnaldum transfer

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