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Opinion: David Moyes has 'brilliant' Angelo Ogbonna replacement right under his nose already at West Ham

Aji Alese is an incredible young talent and is a ready-made long-term Angelo Ogbonna replacement for David Moyes at West Ham United.

The 33-year-old Italian is currently out with a long-term ACL injury and probably won’t be ready to return to action for at least another six months or so.

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Ogbonna will turn 34 before the start of next season as well. So a long-term replacement is needed for the centre-back who was signed from Juventus for around £8 million in 2015 (The Daily Mail).

David Moyes has to get down to business in the summer transfer window.

The Scot needs someone who is strong in the air, good with the ball at his feet and is a real leader, or at least one in the making.

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Oh, and the new centre-back signing must be left-footed as well! It’s not easy to find someone with all of those attributes in the modern game without breaking the bank.

And with that in mind, Moyes is very fortunate that he might just have a ready-made replacement for Ogbonna right under his nose…

Moyes has ideal Ogbonna replacement already at West Ham

Aji Alese, 21, haș been in sensational form for the under-23s this season.

He has come on leaps and bounds over the past 12 months and possesses all of the attributes needed to go on and become a top-class Premier League centre-back.

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Alese has been described as a brilliant defender by the club’s official website.

The 21-year-old is ready and primed to be promoted to the senior squad. And he is more than good enough to take over from Ogbonna over the course of the next 12 months or so.

Alese is incredibly strong in the air yet he is very quick along the ground as well. Standing at 6ft 4in tall, Alese cuts a really imposing figure.

Oh, and he’s left-footed! Happy days!

Alese is a generațional talent. He has already proved himself at senior level after shining for West Ham in the Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb towards the end of last year.

And he won’t cost the Hammers a penny. It’s time for Alese to step up and prove his worth at senior level. Whether David Moyes is brave enough to give him regular Premier League football, however, remains to be seen.

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