Conceding goals has been West Ham’s biggest downfall this season, they dropped more points from winning positions than any other team. It is crucial then, that West Ham make use of the transfer window, so here are three options that could help the Irons improve their defensive attributes.
Djene Dakonam – Getafe
Centre back Djene Dakonam has been a rock in Getafe’s defence this season as he helped his side to a 8th placed finish in the La Liga table ahead of Real Betis, Valancia and Athletic Bilbao.
The 28 year old Togo international made the switch to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez from Belgian side Sint-Truidense V.V. in 2017.
Djene has kept 13 clean sheets this season, with his side conceding 37 goals overall compared to last season when Getafe conceded just 30.
Flexibility on the pitch is something that West Ham struggle with, few players are able to adapt to more than one position. Bringing in Djene would be great for the Irons, he is able to play at left back, right back as well as switch between right and left centre back.
Current centre back Angelo Ogbonna has been one of David Moyes’s stand out players this season and has made the Hammers better defensively in the latter half of the season.
The only obstacle in the way of Djene moving to the London Stadium is his price tag, as one of the most consistent defenders in La Liga his market value is sat at £24m which would be a record amount paid for the Irons for a defender.
Diogo Dalot – Manchester United
Right back has been a position that for a long time, West Ham have struggled with. The Irons have used a total of four players on the right hand side of the field this season. Ryan Fredericks, Pablo Zabaleta, Jeremy Ngakia and Ben Johnson have all filled the role.
Striker Michael Antonio has even played there himself most notably in the final game at Upton Park against Manchester United.
The search is on for David Moyes to find a new right back with Fredericks proving not to be up Premier League standard and with Ben Johnson still needing to develop.
One option that has appeared online is a loan deal for Diogo Dalot from Manchester United.
Arriving at Old Trafford from Liga Nos side Porto when current Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was in charge, Dalot has failed to cement himself a place in the squad with Aaron Wan Bissaka brought in by Ole Gunner Solskjaer in the Summer.
At 21 years old, Dalot still has time to improve and a loan move to the East London could get his career back on track as he continues to develop. The Portuguese fullback is one of two options that the Hammers are looking at with River Plates Gonzalo Montiel another one on Moyes’s radar.
Red Bull Leipzig have inspire former United boss Moyes to build a team that is young and hungry and Dalot fits the criteria, a strong right back who likes to dig in he could be the perfect fit alongside Bowen and Diop.
Vitaliy Mykolenko – Dynamo Kyiv
Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku have both been unimpressive at left back for West Ham this season, with the former failing to track back on multiple occasions leaving fans with a bitter taste.
A left back option for West Ham comes in the form of Vitaliy Mykolenko from Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv
The 21 year old has impressed in the Ukranian Premier League this season making 18 appearances and scoring twice. This highlights the youngsters willingness to go forward with the ball and play a more attacking fullback role similar to that of Ruben Vinagre at Wolves.
Just like Djene Dakonam, Mykolenko is adaptable and can play at both centre back positions.
In conclusion all three candidates would improve the Irons in different ways, but the most realistic option and perhaps the one player needed more than any other is Diogo Dalot. Having time to develop himself for the future would benefit both West Ham and Manchester United. His physicality and hunger to play fits the style of play the Hammers and David Moyes wants.
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