New Hammer has head for goals


By Sean Whetstone

New Hammer Konstantinos Mavropanos gave a glimpse of what David Moyes saw in him with a goal tonight for Greece in the Euro qualifiers.

The West Ham centre-back showed an eye for a goal as he rose high to score Greece’s second goal in the second half against Gibraltar.

The 25-year-old defender scored eight goals in the Bundesliga for VfB Stuttgart.

He could prove to be a deadly combination at the end of James Ward Prowse’s corners; perhaps that was one of the reasons the Hammers signed him.

The 25-year-old returns to the Premier League having made seven appearances in the competition during a three-year stint at Arsenal.

Mavropanos failed to become a first-team regular at the Emirates Stadium and spent two seasons on loan with Stuttgart before making the move permanent last summer.

He has signed a five-year deal with the Hammers for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £19m.

His start for Greece indicates he has recovered from his injury and is match-fit for selection after the International break.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • hammerpete6 says:

    Good news as you say Sean, so pleased if he has shaken off his injury as reported. That pleases me more than a headed goal v Gibraltar but it’s good to know all of our centre backs can put in an attacking header

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