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Guilherme Greeted by Fellow Brazilians

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West Ham United have kickstarted their summer transfer window with the signing of 18-year-old Brazilian winger Luis Guilherme. The Hammers secured Guilherme for a reported £20 million plus add-ons, marking the first signing under new manager Julen Lopetegui.

Guilherme, known for his blistering pace and technical skills, can play across the attacking front. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the West Ham squad. Some see him as a potential long-term replacement for Lucas Paqueta, whose future at the club remains uncertain due to ongoing spot-fixing allegations.

Guilherme’s arrival has been met with enthusiasm from his Brazilian compatriots at West Ham. Emerson Palmieri, the left-back who identifies strongly with his Brazilian roots despite playing for Italy, took to Instagram to welcome Guilherme as “brother” and wish him success. Lucas Paqueta, currently on international duty, also extended a warm welcome on his social media.

While the prospect of a dynamic Brazilian trio featuring Guilherme, Paqueta, and Emerson is exciting for West Ham fans, Paqueta’s situation throws a spanner in the works. A potential suspension or transfer due to the allegations could mean their time together on the pitch might be limited.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Paqueta, Guilherme himself boasts a bright future. He impressed since his debut for Palmeiras last year, making 27 appearances and contributing to their Serie A title win. His talent has been recognised by The Guardian, who named him as one of the best young players in world football.

The arrival of Luis Guilherme injects a dose of youthful Brazilian flair into the West Ham attack. While questions remain about Lucas Paqueta’s future, fans can be optimistic about the potential Guilherme brings to the London Stadium.

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  • Geoff Bunyard says:

    All good stuff. BUT I’m worried about Earthy. He showed sheer brilliance for me when he darted in to score for us. Is he going to be ignored now? We need to bring on our existing youth as well as these good signings.

    • John Ayris says:

      Our academy products in the main do not make premiership starting eleven standard wherever it is they go. The odd exception here and there, they are not a reliable source of first team players. By and large they end up in the lower leagues. Earthy played a couple of games in his case off the bench, but so did Ngakia, Diangana, Perkins had a couple of appearances and I remember Freddie Sears scoring a goal too before he ended up at Colchester. We wear very rose tinted specs.

      • BamBamBigalo says:

        Spot on John. Perking not exactly went on set the fire alight at Leeds. I’m sure if the academy players are good enough they’ll be playing for sure if anything to save a few quid for Sulli to pocket.

        • Trevor Brooking walks on water says:

          Steidten commented that Guilherm will be playing in a team with other young players. I believe this was a hint that he was referencing not just bringing other young players into the club but also integrating academy players into the first team set up as well.

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