West Ham are looking for new central midfielders this summer. And Jonjo Shelvey is a name which has been mentioned a lot.
According to The Northern Echo, the Hammers are ready to reignite their interest in Shelvey this summer. He could be on his way out of Newcastle United in the summer.
But Shelvey’s central midfield partner Isaac Hayden might be a better choice. Here are three reasons why Hayden would be a better option for West Ham than Shelvey.
Younger and fresher
Looking at both the short-term and long-term, Hayden is the better option. The 24-year-old is three years younger than Shelvey, 27, and will soon be entering his prime.
And at the moment, Hayden is outperforming his central midfield partner. There is a reason why Rafa Benitez starts with Hayden and leaves Shelvey on the bench.
Hayden’s return to the starting line-up coincided with Newcastle’s rapid rise up the league table. And he has played a major role in keeping them up this season.
Profile fits the bill
Manuel Pellegrini is likely to seek a holding midfielder, especially if Pedro Obiang leaves. He needs one more player to provide protection for the back four alongside Declan Rice.
Hayden fits that profile much better than Shelvey. Hayden is a hardworking, tough-tackling midfielder while Shelvey is a ball-playing defender.
Both players are effective in their respective roles. But if Pellegrini wants a more defensively-minded midfielder, then Hayden is a more sensible option than Shelvey.
Wants to move down south
Hayden is loved by Newcastle fans but they know his situation is tough. The ex-Arsenal man has openly admitted that he needs to move down south to see more of his daughter (The Times).
Newcastle are likely to grant Hayden his wish in the summer. And West Ham would be a good fit as he would be able to return to London.
The Chelmsford-born player would not be too far from his hometown and he could spend more time with his family if he was at West Ham.