West Ham need to find a new left-back for the long-term future.
Manuel Pellegrini continually chops and changes between Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku. It’s a case of flavour of the week with the left-back spot as both players take turns impressing and disappointing their manager.
Although Cresswell and Masuaku have both signed new long-term deals this season, West Ham need to think about a long-term left-back solution. This would put the Cresswell-Masuaku debate to bed and give West Ham a regular starter for years to come.
The ideal candidate could be Hearts teenager Aaron Hickey. Many clubs want the youngster but West Ham should enter the race. He could be the perfect candidate to assume this role.
Multi-club chase for Aaron Hickey
There are seven Premier League clubs scouting Hickey, according to The Sun. And this includes three of the Premier League’s ‘top six’ clubs.
Manchester City reportedly lead the race for Hickey with Pep Guardiola a big fan. Arsenal and Liverpool are the two clubs to have most recently joined the race. Meanwhile, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Southampton are also keen.
Hearts will try their best to keep hold of Hickey. But with so many Premier League clubs circling, this could be tricky. West Ham should become the eighth Premier League team in this race.
Aaron Hickey: The next Andrew Robertson?
Scotland are suddenly blessed with a number of talented left-backs. Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney, Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson and Celtic’s Greg Taylor are three players jostling to start at left-back for the Tartan Army.
Hickey is the next on the conveyor belt and his career has similarities with Robertson. Both players started off at Celtic but were released when they were schoolboys. While Robertson went to Dundee United, Hickey has gone to Hearts.
The 17-year-old is already shining at Tynecastle with 17 appearances and a goal to his name despite his young age. He has also played at right-back, showing his versatility and ability to adapt in a difficult situation.
If Hickey reaches his potential, he could well become the next Robertson. This would be perfect for West Ham, who would either have a top-class left-back for the long-term future or they would be able to sell him on for a huge profit.