David Moyes could form a frightening left flank at West Ham if emerging reports are to be believed…
According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, the Hammers are amongst the teams interested in a summer swoop for Borussia Monchengladbach defender Ramy Bensebaini.
They’ll face competition from Jose Mourinho at AS Roma, whilst newly-appointed Adi Hutter is unlikely to want to let his star man depart this window.
The 26-year-old joined Gladbach for €8m (£6.8m) in 2019 and club president Rolf Konigs believes his value has tripled to around €20m (£18m).
This would certainly be an interesting move from Moyes and it’s one that he should make as Aaron Cresswell needs support on the left. Arthur Masuaku struggled with persistent injury concerns throughout last season and may not be trusted.
Interestingly, Bensebaini’s versatile attributes offer the Scotsman more than one solution.
If he were to deploy a back three, in which Cresswell has often dropped back into a left centre-back role, then the Algerian could be allowed the freedom to bomb on as an out-and-out wing-back but similarly, he too can play in the middle.
Across his two seasons at BORUSSIA-PARK, the left-back has delivered 12 goals and five assists, proving to be quite the lucrative outlet for Dortmund-bound boss Marco Rose.
That’s 17 direct goal contributions in 59 appearances, or once every 251 minutes, which is pretty impressive returns for a defender.
Moyes has been able to get the best out of Cresswell as he provided a squad-high eight assists last term and with Vladimir Coufal also chipping in with seven in the league himself, it’s clear that the two wide roles are crucial to the 58-year-old’s system at the London Stadium.
Bensebaini has been likened to Juventus and Brazil star Alex Sandro as he’s got rapid pace to become a threat on the over-and under lap down that left flank, nor does he shy away from any tackles either.
That is something that his former Rennes coach Christian Gourcuff has since alluded to.
“He was a young player when he came to us. He didn’t have the explosiveness that he has developed whilst he’s been here. He used to switch off, too, but he’s matured,” he said, via Bundesliga.com.
The £19.8m-rated defender could strike up quite the partnership with his fellow countryman, Said Benrahma, who is often selected down the left.
They have played eight times together on the international stage, where they have provided a combined total of four goal contributions. Just imagine that in the Premier League next season.
Moyes must look to urge a swoop for the Gladbach beast.
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