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West Ham Face Defensive Exodus

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West Ham United‘s defence could be undergoing a significant revamp this summer, with reports suggesting that centre-back Nayef Aguerd will be on his way out.

Despite joining the Hammers in 2022 for a hefty £30 million, Aguerd quickly established himself as a key player. His passing accuracy (45.36 passes per 90 minutes) and aerial presence (2.32 aerial duels won and 1.89 headed clearances per game) were top-notch in the Premier League last season.

However, West Ham’s overall performance was a major letdown. They failed to secure European qualification and conceded a staggering 74 goals in the league, the fourth-worst defensive record. This lacklustre showing, despite Aguerd’s individual contributions, raises questions about his future.

New manager Julen Lopetegui appears determined to reshape the squad, with central defence being a priority area for improvement. The reported pursuit of Max Kilman as another centre-back further strengthens this notion.

Regardless of Aguerd’s future, West Ham are set for a busy transfer window. Lopetegui’s desire to implement his vision and address last season’s shortcomings will likely lead to significant player movement. West Ham fans will be eager to see how the club navigates this transfer period and builds a team capable of challenging for European spots again.

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  • Chingford says:

    Exactly the right approach, with 74 goals conceded last term, we have long needed to replace the Kelher the colander, and Aquerd the sieve, probably Zouma as He is off PL pace now.
    Some bright young talent coming through, a good opportunity to get a mix of experience and youth to bed in a new foundation for the defence wall needed in front of goal.

  • Essexirons says:

    Another positive headline 1st thing in the morning
    Keep up the good work 👏
    🤦‍♂️

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