Left-back will surely be a position that West Ham boss David Moyes is looking to strengthen this summer. And we think that Chelsea ace Emerson Palmieri could be the answer.

Aaron Cresswell isn’t the player he once was. And at 30-years-old, he will only continue to regress over the next few years.

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Arthur Masuaku, meanwhile, has quite simply failed to deliver since joining the Hammers from Olympiacos in the summer of 2016.

Talented youngster Ben Johnson can operate at left-back, but he is naturally a right-back by trade.

So with that in mind, West Ham must try and sign a top class left sided defender this summer.

Chelsea ace Emerson Palmieri fits the bill perfectly

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Emerson Palmieri (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old joined the Blues from AS Roma in January 2018 for around £17.5 million (Daily Mail

The Italy international has failed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge, however. That’s not because of a lack of quality though. But more due to the fact that he just hasn’t been given a chance to prove himself on a consistent enough basis.

 

And Italian media outlet Tuttosport claims that Emerson is now being forced out of Chelsea by Frank Lampard.

Timing perfect for West Ham to swoop in for the left-back

The Sun claims that Chelsea value Emerson at around £22 million. And perhaps the Hammers could pick him up for a reduced fee considering the financial ramifications caused by the current global health crisis.

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Emerson Palmieri (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Stats

The 25-year-old has made 52 appearances for Chelsea, racking up five assists and one goal in the process (Transfermarkt).

In 14 Premier League outings this season, the Italian has averaged 1.6 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 1.1 clearances per game. He has also averaged 0.9 dribbles and 1.4 key passes per game during those appearances (Who Scored).

Emerson would clearly be an upgrade on Cresswell and Masuaku.

West Ham have an ideal opportunity to strengthen one of their weakest positions by signing the Chelsea ace.

But they will, of course, have to retain their Premier League status, if they are to have any chance whatsoever of doing so.

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