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International Scout: Augustinsson could be the answer to Pellegrini's left-back issue

Manuel Pellegrini is putting together a new-look back four at West Ham to go alongside his impressive new frontline.

The Chilean is wily enough to know that he needs to improve the club at both ends of the pitch to take the Hammers to where they want to go.

One area of growing concern is left-back. Aaron Cresswell made an awful start to the season and was rightly dropped for Arthur Masuaku.

Then, the Congolese defender was at fault for Brighton’s goal last Friday, which blotted a promising spell in the side.


So, we’ve decided to have a look at other options during the international break. Ludwig Augustinsson played for Sweden in a 0-0 draw with Russia and we’ve examined the defender…

How did he do?

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He was a solid part of a defence that kept a clean sheet against the World Cup’s biggest overachievers.

Sweden generally favour a conservative defensive style, so the bulk of Augustinsson’s work was done in his own half.

The Swedes were on the back foot for much of the match, but the full-back held firm in the face of the intense pressure.

What are his strengths?

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The 24-year-old defender would likely not come cheap, as he is valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt.

He stays on his feet and does not commit himself easily into tackles and is good at making interceptions as well.

For Werder Bremen, he has an assist to his name; but his attributes lend themselves to a more defensive style.

He would be a solid option, if unspectacular, and that is what West Ham might need right now.

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