£30m star could be ‘season-defining’ at London Stadium


West Ham United feel like defenders Nayef Aguerd getting a run on the team could be “season-defining” for them, according to reporter Dean Jones.

The 26-year-old has had some injury problems but has recovered in time for Morocco’s World Cup campaign, and Jones says the Hammers are now praying he can return to the London Stadium in a single piece

How have things gone for Aguerd this term?

While Aguerd will be pleased to have made Morocco’s World Cup squad, the centre-half will not be happy about what happened before he left for Qatar.

He joined West Ham in the summer in a £30m deal (via BBC Sport ) but has barely played a game of football for his new side.

The former Rennes man injured his ankle early in his Hammers career and has missed most of his side’s 2022/23 campaign so far as a result.

West Ham will now hope there are no further setbacks in Qatar.

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What has Jones said about Aguerd and West Ham?

Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that West Ham, who are currently 16th in the table, believe having Aguerd fit for the second half of the season could transform their campaign.

Speaking to GMS, the reporter said: “They’ll probably have a couple of heart-in-mouth moments if he goes down. They’re desperate to get this guy into their squad regularly.

“They really think he could define the season if he can have a long run in the side for them, so they just want him to come through this World Cup unscathed.”

Can Aguerd help West Ham turn things around?

When you look at some of West Ham’s numbers this season, you could argue that they haven’t really felt the absence of their summer signing.

The Hammers have conceded just 17 goals in the Premier League so far, which is one of the best records in the division. For context, Liverpool and Chelsea have let in the same amount, while Manchester United have done even worse in that department (via WhoScored).

Rather, where West Ham are really struggling is in attack. Their 12 strikes mean that only three teams, Everton, Nottingham Forest and Wolves have found the back of the net on fewer occasions.

All in all, then, Aguerd’s return alone is unlikely to completely transform West Ham’s season. To do that, it’s clear that David Moyes needs to get more goals out of his side.

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