With the summer transfer window now open, the rumour mill is in full swing when it comes to West Ham. Hammers fans can expect another busy summer.
One area that needs strengthening is the central midfield department. And Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips could be the ideal signing for the Hammers. Here’s why.
West Ham’s central midfield situation
West Ham will probably look for a new central midfielder this summer. Declan Rice has made the holding midfield role his own but he needs quality players to slot alongside him.
Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere will vie for the two more advanced central midfield roles. But Noble is now 32, while Lanzini and Wilshere had serious injury problems last season.
Doubt surrounds the future of Pedro Obiang. And whether Carlos Sanchez will be used or moved on remains to be seen. This opens up a vacancy in central midfield in East London.
Premier League hunt for Kalvin Phillips
After an impressive season in midfield for Leeds, Phillips has unsurprisingly emerged as a Premier League target. Top-flight clubs hope to poach him after Leeds lost in the play-off semi-finals.
According to The Daily Mail, Norwich City and Bournemouth are interested in the £12m-rated midfielder.
And TEAMtalk reports that Newcastle United are also interested in Phillips. The Premier League hunt is on and West Ham should join this pursuit.
Kalvin Phillips could be a shrewd signing
Phillips offers a perfect blend of youth and experience in the middle of the park. Despite his young age, the 23-year-old has already played 141 senior games – all at Leeds.
This season, Phillips has been a regular under Marcelo Bielsa. The academy graduate has played 46 matches, scoring one goal and providing three assists.
He can also offer a reasonable amount of versatility. At Leeds, Phillips has predominantly operated as a holding midfielder. But he has also been deployed further forward in a conventional central midfield role or deeper as a centre-half.
The Leeds-born midfielder could be a shrewd long-term signing for West Ham. Given his age, experience and his high-level performances in the second-tier, Phillips is ready to step up.
Phillips could be West Ham’s long-term answer in central midfield. With defensive solidity and an impressive range of passes, Phillips has the ingredients to become a complete Premier League quality central midfielder in the near-future.