It seems as though West Ham United had a lucky escape by deciding not to sign Arthur Cabral in the January transfer window.
Hammers boss David Moyes wanted to bring the 24-year-old centre-forward to the London Stadium back in January according to the likes of Goal Brazil.
Cabral ended up joining Fiorentina instead in January, however, and the Hammers’ search for a centre-forward went on.
At the time, David Moyes and the West Ham board received heavy criticism from the fans. Cabral seemed perfect for us and is seemed to be baffling that Fiorentina beat the East London outfit to his signature.
It seems as though the Hammers made the right decision by not signing the forward from FC Basel though…
West Ham seemingly dodged a huge Arthur Cabral bullet
The 24-year-old forward seemingly had everything that the Hammers needed.
He was on fire for FC Basel up until January, bagging 27 goals and eight assists in just 31 games in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
Cabral is energetic, dynamic, have great movement and is an exemplary finisher.
The South American isn’t the fastest of strikers. What Cabral lacks in speed, however, he more than makes up for with his exceptional technical ability.
So on face value, it seemed as though West Ham could not go wrong by signing Arthur Cabral for just £17 million.
His form with Fiorentina since his January move has been far from impressive, however, and it seems as though the Hammers have dodged a bullet.
Cabral has bagged only three goals in 23 games for Fiorentina (Transfermarkt). It’s still early days for the Brazilian in Florence of course, but the early signs are not good.
The strongest indication that the 24-year-old would not have succeeded with West Ham is that Serie A is far slower and less aggressive in nature than the Premier League.
There’s a strong possibility that Cabral would have gone the same way as another former FC Basel player at the London Stadium – Albian Ajeti.
Perhaps the Brazilian is a better player than the Swiss hitman, but he may well have encountered the same problems.
In my view, West Ham fans should think ourselves lucky that Moyes did not sign Arthur Cabral back in January 2022.