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West Ham United: Zielinski can be Odegaard 2.0

West Ham United were linked with a move for Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski during the summer transfer window and according to Gazzetta dello Sport, if the player doesn’t sign an extension to his contract, the Serie A side will look to sell him in the summer.

This could be great news for David Moyes, and he could even test Napoli’s resolve with a bid for the Polish international during January as he would be an excellent addition to the side.

In fact, by signing Zielinski, Moyes could secure his very own Martin Odegaard, and with the form the Norwegian midfielder has been in this season, registering 12 goal contributions and averaging a Sofascore rating of 7.57/10 for his Premier League performances this season, it isn’t bad company to be compared to.

The Arsenal star is first-most comparable to Odegaard via FBref’s similar player model and West Ham would certainly benefit from someone with his qualities in the heart of their midfield.

The two players have registered extremely similar statistics when it comes to assists (five to four), shots on target per match (1.09 to 0.93), pass completion rate (80.1% to 79.1%), and goal-creating actions (both seven).

These stats clearly indicate that the two offer a solid attacking threat from the midfield area and will create plenty of opportunities for teammates.

The £107k-per-week sensation has been dubbed a “baller” by journalist Patrick Boyland in the past and the last few years have seen the player develop into one of the most underrated players in Italy.

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Signing him, either in January or the summer, would signify a statement of intent by Moyes and it would be a move that would vastly improve the West Ham starting XI.

It’s evident that something needs to change over the coming months if the club doesn’t want to be embroiled in a relegation battle, and if that means splashing out on a couple of new signings in the winter transfer window, then it might well save Moyes’ job.