West Ham United Manager David Moyes has passed his judgment on new loan signing from Inter Milan Joao Mario, as the Portuguese International finalises his deal in East London.
After confirming that the exciting attacker was presently undergoing his Medical to join the club in his Pre-Wigan Athletic Press Conference at Rush Green, which MooreThanJustAClub were fortunate enough to be in, the former Manchester United Manager had this to say about the former European Champion,
“I watched Joao Mario in the Champions Final, when he played for Portugal, so and I watched a lot of Portugal in the EUROs, so I’ve got an idea about him, I’ve watched a lot of stuff since”.
Moyes continued, “And actually what we’ve got because he’s on loan, you get a chance to have a look, everybody gets a chance to have a look, it’s not going to do us too much damage”.
However, the experienced Gaffer did go on to throw caution to the wind on whether or not he thinks he will settle quickly into the English game, carrying on from his previous comments,
“But, my bigger concern is not as a Footballer, my bigger concern is getting used to the Premier League and its speed and its competitiveness very quickly compared to say, Italy or Portugal”, stated Moyes”.
“But, I think his ability as a Footballer is fine, that’s not a question, he’s proved it and I hope he can hit the ground running, that’s my only concern”.
While, Moyes did confirm the ongoing Medical, an official announcement is yet to be made by either club on the move, which is believed to be a loan, with a fee of around £1 million and an option to buy permanently at the end, the conclusion of the 2017/2018 campaign.
Mario has been capped over 30 times for Portugal, lifting the aforementioned 2016 European Championships in France with them and featuring in every Portuguese match of that Tournament.
He started his career with Sporting Lisbon in his native land, before a £45 million move to Inter Milan, he impressed in his first season in Serie A, but has been left frustrated by a lack of playing time since the arrival of new Manager Luciano Spalletti.
This was further catalysed by Inter’s loan signing of Barcelona man Rafinha in the last few weeks that reportedly forced a change of Heart from Mario, making him favour a move to England rather than staying on the Continent.
The forward star has appeared just 14 times in the League this campaign and is goalless in all Competitions, something that he will hope changes soon in the Premier League.
Moyes admitted that injuries to the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini may have forced his hand in the Market a little, however, should the deal be completed in time, will Mario feature against Wigan tomorrow in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round at the height of the injury crisis?
“I don’t know”, proclaimed the man who has turned things around since his arrival at the London Stadium. “And I don’t really want to really go to that until he does in case anything goes tits up, no I don’t want to do that”.