West Ham name-checked in race for £50m Aaron Wan-Bissaka
West Ham United have been name-checked as a potential destination for Manchester United’s £50million fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
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The club have been name-checked by none other than esteemed football journalist Fabrizio Romano, who took to Twitter to issue an update around the 3-cap England defender.
The Italian states that Manchester United are looking for a solution in order to sanction a leave for the former Crystal Palace defender, who has of course struggled during his time at Old Trafford.
Taking to his personal page, Romano said: “Manchester United are trying to find a solution for Wan-Bissaka in order to let him leave. Wolves, West Ham and Crystal Palace remain interested.
“Main priority on right-back situation remains to extend Dalot’s contract. Talks will take place soon.”
The debacle around Wan-Bissaka’s ability in the modern game is completely frustrating.
With the majority of managers now demanding attacking threat from both fullbacks, Wan-Bissaka has been put to one side at Manchester United, with the 25-year-old weak in an attacking sense – especially compared to his defensive ability.
But, this is where footballing philosophy comes in.
Sure, in an attacking full-back system like Liverpool make use of, where both fullbacks actively look to get forward, Wan-Bissaka would be out of place.
But, in an asymmetrical system, where one fullback acts as a secondary winger and the other tucks in to function as a makeshift central defender to achieve a back-three in possession, the 25–year-old would shine.
Since the arrival of Thilo Kehrer, Hammers boss David Moyes has made use of the asymmetric system, which has seen the German function as a native right-back who tucks into a back-three in possession.
Amidst West Ham’s injury struggles at the back, with Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd set to endure months on the sideline, Kehrer will be needed in central defence, so a move for a defensive-minded fullback like Wan-Bissaka – who averaged a second-highest squad ranking of 1.8 successful tackles and 1.7 interceptions per 90 last season at Manchester United – would help ease Moyes’ stresses at the back.