West Ham Renew Interest in Prolific Winger

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West Ham United are reigniting their pursuit of Sporting CP’s Pedro Goncalves, according to Jornal de Notícias via Sport Witness. The Hammers face competition from Aston Villa in the race to sign the exciting Portuguese winger this summer.

The 25-year-old has been a revelation for Sporting CP this season, racking up an impressive 18 goals and 16 assists in 48 appearances across all competitions. He’s been a consistent threat on the left wing, averaging nearly 3 shots, 2 key passes, and 1.7 crosses per 90 minutes in the Portuguese league.

Beyond his goal contributions, Goncalves boasts an 80.7% pass completion rate in the opposition half, showcasing his ability to distribute the ball effectively (stats via whoscored).

While primarily a left-winger, Goncalves offers tactical flexibility. He can comfortably play on the right wing or even shift into a central attacking midfield role if needed.

Goncalves’ contract runs until 2027, which could make negotiations tricky for West Ham. However, his talent and potential are undeniable.

The addition of Goncalves would significantly bolster West Ham’s attack. His dribbling skills, playmaking ability, and goal-scoring prowess would add a new dimension to the Hammers’ frontline. At 25, he’s entering his prime and could be a key figure for West Ham for years to come.

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  • Paul P. says:

    Get him!

  • Jeeps says:

    If he can cover all those positions efficiently he seems ideal.
    Still need recognised striker.

  • PMR says:

    I’m in an unusual position as a Hammer and a Sportinguista but I’m in a better position than most to comment having watched every game Gonçalves has played for Sporting. Firstly he’s not a winger. He operates largely in a front three or drops into the centre of midfield. He’s considered one of the untouchables at Sporting so chances of a move to England are highly unlikely with Diomande and Edwards the two likely to be sold in the summer. His temperament is lacking and personally I doubt that he has what it takes to step up to the Premier League. He was pretty abject in the opening 17 rounds this season though he performed much better in rounds 18 through 34. His assists numbers are boosted by having Gyökeres on the end of the ball. His on target % this season especially has been disappointing and he didn’t make the grade at Wolves and had to rebuild his career in Portugal. Banza is the one at Braga who I think West Ham could get and would do a decent job

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