West Ham are reportedly interested in signing Torino midfielder Sasa Lukic in this month’s transfer window and the Serbian could prove to be David Moyes‘ own version of Brighton star Moises Caicedo at the London Stadium.
According to a report from Italian news outlet Tuttosport last month, Moyes is keen on signing the 26-year-old as he looks to bolster his midfield options, with Lukic reportedly available for as little as £13m.
Although the midfielder has been an ever-present at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino since joining the club from Partizan Belgrade in 2016, making 165 appearances in all competitions, his contract situation is seemingly a big factor in the Serie A side’s willingness to cash in this month.
Lukic’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2024 and after hitting five goals and four assists in the Italian top flight last season – the best return of his career – it seems as if the Serbia international could be ready for a new challenge.
However, it is not his goalscoring that he is best known for, as journalist Josh Bunting summed up what he could offer to West Ham in his tweet on the midfielder in 2020, in which he praised him for his “outstanding” performance in protecting the defence and using the ball effectively.
Should the Torino star complete a move to the London Stadium this month, he could potentially emulate Moises Caicedo, who has caught the eye at Brighton over the past year, with reports suggesting that the Seagulls could demand £70m for the Ecuador international after his rapid progression in the Premier League.
According to FBref, Caicedo is the sixth-most similar player to Lukic when compared to other midfielders across Europe’s top leagues.
This season has seen the two players register extremely similar statistics with regard to non-penalty expected goals (both 0.9), shots on target per 90 (0.24 vs 0.25) and aerials won (20 vs 19).
That trend continues with progressive passes received (both 24), blocks (15 vs 17) and passes that have led to a shot (both 33).
What those numbers suggest is that they are adept at not only impacting play in the offensive third, playing a solid portion of passes forward, but they are also bullish defensively, where their aerial prowess and ability to read the play is key.
Indeed, they are both clearly similar types of player and given how important the Brighton man has been in Seagulls’ success so far this campaign, with WhoScored ranking him as their fifth-best performer, Moyes would surely be foolish to turn the discovery of his own Caicedo-esque talent.