What’s the discuss?
That’s in keeping with Claret & Hugh, with the West Ham insider revealing in a current article that David Moyes is eyeing the UD Almeria defensive midfielder as a possible candidate to switch Tomas Soucek – who has largely underperformed in east London up to now this season – within the coronary heart of his Irons facet.
The insider went on to state that the LaLiga facet worth the 22-year-old at a determine within the area of £21m, whereas stories from Portugal recommend that the Spanish membership are already monitoring the marketplace for a substitute for the Portugal U21 worldwide – with the Hammers stated to have made their curiosity in a transfer for Costa clear.
Bin Soucek, signal Costa
Contemplating simply how underwhelming Soucek has been for West Ham in current months, coupled with how spectacular Costa has been for Almeria over the previous two years, it’s simple to see why Moyes can be occupied with a deal to convey the teen in as a possible substitute for the Czech worldwide.
Certainly, over his 38 LaLiga 2 appearances final season, the £11m-rated expertise performed a key function in Almeria’s title-winning marketing campaign, making a mean of 1.7 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 1.5 clearances and successful 6.9 duels – at successful price of 49% – per sport.
The 22-year-old additionally impressed in possession of the ball, registering two assists and creating three massive possibilities for his teammates, along with making a mean of 0.6 key passes, taking part in 3.6 lengthy balls and finishing 41.3 complete passes – at successful price of 83% – per match.
These returns noticed the midfielder – who statistician OptaJose dubbed “omnipresent” and journalist Luisma Sanchez claimed “empties himself in each game” – common a particularly spectacular Sofascore statistical ranking of 6.83 final outing.
It has been an identical story over his 13 LaLiga fixtures within the present marketing campaign, with the £3k-per-week teen making a mean of 1.8 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 1.5 clearances and successful 4.2 duels – at successful price of fifty% – per sport.
Going forwards, the Portugal youth worldwide has loved a mean of 47.1 touches, made 0.4 key passes, performed 3.3 lengthy balls and accomplished 28.9 complete passes – at successful price of 82% – per match.
As such, with it being clear for all to see that Costa is a younger, hungry and technically gifted central midfielder who wears his coronary heart on his sleeve in each match, it could certainly seem as if the 22-year-old can be a dream substitute for the “abysmal” – within the phrases of Josh Bunting – Soucek, who has been something however the description afforded to Costa this season.