A video of £33m man Edson Alvarez should make West Ham fans very excited indeed after a deal was agreed with Ajax.

If most West Ham fans are completely honest with themselves they would admit they may not have heard of Edson Alvarez until this summer.

The Dutch league is not massively on the radar of English football fans. But that is no bad thing at all.

Because expectations will not be unrealistic as they may have been had West Ham signed a more recognised, established household name as one of Declan Rice’s replacements.

The summer transfer window torture finally looks set to come to an end for West Ham.

We reported this morning that West Ham agreed a late night deal with Ajax for Alvarez at around £33m.

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Video of £33m man Edson Alvarez that should make West Ham fans very excited indeed

The Mexican destroyer will now fly to London for a medical with a view to joining the Hammers this week.

West Ham fans are too long in the tooth to count their chickens until they see Alvarez holding up the claret and blue shirt.

But with a fair wind, the 25-year-old looks set to become West Ham’s first signing of the summer.

And this video of £33m man Alvarez should make West Ham fans very excited indeed about what they will be getting.

Alvarez is nicknamed lion heart by Ajax fans and it’s easy to see why when you watch his season highlights from 2022-2023.

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‘Lion heart” Alvarez looks like the perfect foil for Paqueta

The Mexico midfielder is an absolute destroyer who would complement Lucas Paqueta perfectly.

Unlike Rice in the last couple of seasons, the Mexican is more focused solely on his defensive duties, which will give Paqueta much more freedom to focus on creating and scoring.

Fiercely determined and competitive, the video shows just how well Alvarez reads the game and breaks up play.

He also has good feet on the ball, wriggling out of tight situations before looking for a forward pass at every opportunity.

His tackling is superb, he is strong in the air in both boxes and looks like a born leader – as he proved helping Mexico to win the Gold Cup last month.

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Ajax fans say star deserves his chance to play in a better league

West Ham fans will also note Alvarez has a decent strike on his too from the footage.

He may not be lightning quick but several clips show he does have pace and is a powerful runner when he gets going.

Alvarez also carries the ball well out of midfield.

But David Moyes looks set to get a man who knows his role in the team inside out and is a very disciplined, tactically astute player.

Comments from Ajax fans under the video show how much they love him. Many state he ‘deserves the chance to go and play in a better league’.

He looks set to do that with West Ham. And on the evidence of this video, he will quickly become a massive fan favourite in east London.


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