Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta joined West Ham United from Lyon in the summer transfer window for a club record fee.
The Hammers could end up paying in excess of £51 million for the brilliant 25-year-old play-maker, according to The Times.
When David Moyes brought Paqueta to the London Stadium, the West Ham fans were as excited as we’ve ever been with a new signing.
The silky South American has made a slow start to life in East London though. It’s still very early days of course, and he needs time to settle down in the country and to adjust to the pace of the Premier League.
We love Paqueta as a player and are in no way suggesting that he doesn’t have what it takes to succeed with West Ham.
We are concerned that David Moyes is using the Brazil international incorrectly though…
Lucas Paqueta dream could become a nightmare at West Ham unless Moyes makes big change
One huge issue that Moyes faces is how to get the best out of all of his new signings.
Specifically, Lucas Paqueta.
The Brazilian is at his best when playing in a completely free role behind the striker. He can play as an ‘8’ as well.
When watching the Brazilian play for the Hammers over the past few weeks though, I’ve noticed how Moyes has deployed him far too deep and thus made him pretty much redundant.
We had a similar case a couple of years ago with Sebastien Haller. He was a very good player but Moyes failed to use him properly, and as a result he was seen as a failure before being moved on for less than half what we paid for him.
Moyes has to make one simple change to get the best out of Paqueta. Tomas Soucek needs to be dropped with Flynn Downes coming into the side.
The 23-year-old can then offer a layer of protection for the West Ham defenders, with Declan Rice performing more of the box-to-box role that Moyes utilised him in last season.
Lucas Paqueta could then operate just behind the three West Ham attackers, floating out on both wings and in the middle. This will enable him to find space more efficiently and then cause problems with his technical brilliance.
If Moyes doesn’t wise up and make this simple change, signing the 25-year-old from Lyon could quickly become a nightmare situation.