Paqueta’s Future Up in the Air

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West Ham United faces a crucial decision regarding their record signing, Lucas Paqueta. The Brazilian midfielder has become a source of debate, with his recent dip in form sparking discussions about his future at the club.

Paqueta’s arrival for £51 million almost two years ago was a major coup for West Ham. He quickly established himself as a key player, contributing significantly to their Europa Conference League triumph and maintaining impressive attacking output this season. However, recent weeks have seen a concerning decline in his performances.

Pundits point to Paqueta’s lacklustre display against Chelsea as a prime example. His low match rating and ineffective support for the attack raise questions about his current form. It looks like that his heart might not be in it, potentially fueled by interest from other clubs.

With Manchester City’s reported continued interest and Paqueta’s alleged transfer value of £80 million,  West Ham could capitalise financially. Selling him would not only bring in a significant sum but also free up funds for potential squad reinforcements under a likely new manager.

Despite his recent struggles, statistics highlight Paqueta‘s undeniable talent. He ranks amongst the top European attacking midfielders in key areas like passing, tackling, and interceptions. This raises the question of whether his current slump is temporary or indicative of a larger issue.

Look at the successful sale of Declan Rice last year. While some fans might see Paqueta as irreplaceable, the funds generated from Rice’s departure allowed West Ham to acquire other talented players. This strategy of selling high and reinvesting could prove beneficial again.

I fully acknowledge the emotional attachment some fans have towards Paqueta. However, it emphasises the potential financial benefits of selling him, especially if he is not fully committed to the club’s long-term project.

West Ham’s decision on Paqueta will depend on various factors. Balancing fan sentiment with financial considerations and potential squad improvements under new leadership will be crucial. The coming weeks could see Paqueta remain a West Ham player or embark on a new chapter elsewhere.

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  • John Ayris says:

    If the money was spent by Steidten like it was with Kudus, Alvarez, etc then I don’t mind seeing Paqueta go for a large fee. Massive talent, draws gasps at times, but massive flawed too, why does he not just pass rather than repeatedly get caught in possession ?

  • Harvey Fox says:

    Every single players future is dependant on whether the new manager wants them or not. There is really no need to rerun the same article every day.

  • zahama says:

    I can’t disagree with any of that – however the sticking point is when the FA finish their probe into the yellow card bets – nothing can happen before that and that might not finish before the transfer window closes

  • Kriskringle says:

    My ’emotional attachment’ to him is he’s a pathetic, diving, cheating, disgrace of a mercenary.
    His display yesterday was criminal ending in a faux injury.
    May he leave our club and fail miserable and return to gambling.

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