Mohammed Kudus may not stay at West Ham United for too long unfortunately, according to one of our ex-players.
The Hammers fans were absolutely buzzing when the club got a deal for the 23-year-old over the line – and rightly so, he’s a truly incredible player.
I cannot wait to see him in action for the club, we’re all going to be in for a real treat. Edson Alvarez – another summer signing – absolutely raved about Kudus last week, praising his unique ability.
Described as ‘exceptional’ by John Heitinga (VoetbalPrimeur), the former Ajax ace should be a huge hit at the London Stadium.
However, with the massive buzz surrounding the Ghana international, one former West Ham player has really dampened down the excitement…
Mohammed Kudus won’t be a West Ham player for long, ex player reckons
John Paintsil, who played 24 games for the Hammers from 2006-2008, believes that his fellow Ghanaian’s stay at the London Stadium will be a short one.
Paintsil told Graphic that Kudus will be at West Ham for two or three years tops:
“There is life after football and getting to West Ham, I will urge him to support his family more so that when he finishes his career, they will say that during your playing days this is what you did,” he told Graphic in Ghana. I am speaking from experience because when the family is happy, you are also happy, but when they are not happy, it affects your play on the pitch. So that’s the little advice I will give him, he should focus more on family. He is a young player, that’s why they signed him for five years. West Ham don’t sign players like that. Before, they will give you that number of years, it means they’ve seen something in you, and they know that in two or three years time, they can market him and make more money.”
Paintsil may well be right but the thing to remember here is that it will be a win-win situation for West Ham.
If Kudus is a huge success, he will be sold to an elite club for at least double what we paid for him this summer.
And then the task for the Hammers will be to find the next Mohammed Kudus – in other words do what Brighton do year in, year out.
In spite of that, I’m still hoping to get at least three years top quality service from Mohammed Kudus at West Ham. Whether that happens remains to be seen though.