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Teenage Croatian Talent on Hammers Radar

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West Ham United are reportedly keeping a close eye on Hajduk Split midfielder Rokas Pukstas, according to the Daily Mail’s Simon Jones.

The 19-year-old Croatian midfielder, described as an “all-action” player, has attracted interest from West Ham, Arsenal, and Aston Villa. Pukstas’ desire for a move further fuels speculation of an imminent transfer, especially after a recent agent change. Furthermore, strong interest from German clubs adds another layer of competition for West Ham.

With Lucas Paqueta facing an FA charge for alleged breaches of betting rules, West Ham will need to explore options for an attacking midfielder who can contribute goals. Pukstas’ potential could be enticing, but his age and lack of experience in a top-five league raises questions about his immediate impact.

West Ham’s managerial change from David Moyes to Julen Lopetegui could be a factor. Lopetegui’s perceived willingness to give youngsters and unproven players a chance might make Pukstas a good fit.

While Pukstas could be a promising addition, West Ham will still need to secure more established reinforcements to bolster their attacking options under Lopetegui, especially considering the potential loss of Paqueta and the January struggles exposed by Fornals’ and Benrahma’s departures.

West Ham’s interest in Pukstas reflects their need for midfield reinforcements due to Paqueta’s uncertain future. While the teenager possesses talent, his lack of experience suggests he may be a long-term project. West Ham will likely need to secure a mix of young talent and established players to address their attacking midfield needs.

It is all looking quite positive, a world away from the “shall we”, “shan’t we” approach of this time last year.

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  • kcockayne says:

    The REAL question is, “Will We ?”

  • coyisteve says:

    Pukstas is an American born in Stillwater, Oklahoma and is of Lithuanian and American descent. There is nothing Croatian about him, other than where he currently plies his trade.

    …A bit like calling Chris Smalling an Italian.

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