Kalvin Phillips

West Ham’s Brownhill Blunder?

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West Ham’s midfield plans have hit a snag. Their pursuit of Burnley’s Josh Brownhill, initially seen as a shrewd free transfer, has been complicated by Burnley triggering a contract extension.

The initial allure of Brownhill was his availability at no cost. A homegrown player with Premier League experience, he seemed like a perfect value addition to bolster West Ham‘s midfield options. However, Burnley’s decision to extend his contract throws a spanner in those plans.

Now, West Ham must decide whether to pay a transfer fee for Brownhill. Burnley’s potential relegation might affect the price tag, but it still adds an unexpected expense to the equation.

Crystal Palace and Brentford entering the Brownhill race further muddle the waters. This competition could inflate the transfer fee or simply divert Brownhill’s attention to other Premier League options.

Let’s face it West Ham already has a strong midfield core with Ward-Prowse, Soucek, and Alvarez. Spending a significant transfer fee on another central midfielder, especially with Brownhill not being a guaranteed starter, might not be the wisest use of resources.

Brownhill’s unavailability could be a blessing in disguise. West Ham can now focus on addressing other areas of need or potentially find a midfield target who offers a more distinctive skillset and better value. … not Kalvin Phillips if you asking !

West Ham needs to re-evaluate their midfield strategy. Brownhill’s situation presents an opportunity to reassess priorities. Do we truly need another central midfielder, or would the funds be better allocated elsewhere? Ultimately, West Ham should only pursue Brownhill if he becomes available for a price that perfectly aligns with his potential role in the squad.

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  • Chunk says:

    Like you said we have Alvarez, Soucek and JWP. I personally would not get rid of Downes as think he can be a decent back up to Alvarez, just as what we was hoping Phillips was going to be. We also have Irving joining us who we brought last year and loaned back.

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