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West Ham decision to release Fabian Balbuena proven spot on after Copa America struggles
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West Ham decision to release Fabian Balbuena proven spot on after Copa America struggles

West Ham decided to release Fabian Balbuena this summer.

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With Hammers boss David Moyes desperately short in the centre-back department at the London Stadium, some fans questioned the wisdom behind letting the 29-year-old leave for absolutely nothing.

Balbuena joined West Ham three years ago from Corinthians for around £6.5 million (Sky Sports).

The General enjoyed a decent debut season in the Premier League with the Hammers.

He really struggled during the 2019/20 campaign, however.

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And Balbuena didn’t really feature for David Moyes’s side during the second half of last season.

West Ham releasing Balbuena the right call

Many Hammers fans questioned the decision to let the Paraguayan leave the London Stadium this summer rather than renewing his contract.

Balbuena’s lack of game-time for Paraguay at this summer’s Copa America goes to prove that he is not the player he once was, however.

Paraguay have played three group games to this point, and the 29-year-old has failed to make a single appearance yet.

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The South Americans are far from one of the strongest teams in the competition. And if Balbuena can’t get in their starting XI, it’s clear to see that he shouldn’t be playing Premier League football anymore.

The former Corinthians man is a very strong centre-back. He has zero pace, no mobility and turns slower than a pint of milk, however.

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Getting his £40k-a-week wages off the books makes perfect sense to us. And a move to a slower paced league like Serie A would now be the ideal next move for the General.