According to a report from Football.London, West Ham have real concerns over Fabian Balbuena, and they could be tempted to sell the Paraguayan this summer, if they find a replacement.
The 28-year-old joined the Hammers from Brazilian side Corinthians in the summer of 2018 for around £3.5 million (Evening Standard).
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He actually impressed during his debut campaign in east London. But his performance levels have dropped dramatically this term.
Balbuena lacks any kind of pace and he is terrible when in possession of the football. He has been an attacker’s dream to play against so far this season.
The centre-back has made 13 Premier League appearances for the Hammers this season. He has made just 16 tackles, with a success rate of 69%. Balbuena has made only 25 interceptions and has made two errors leading to goals for the opposition (premierleague.com).
And Football.London claims that David Moyes is very concerned with Balbuena’s fall from grace this season. The Scot allegedly could be tempted to sell the 28-year-old, as long as he finds a replacement for him.
The Paraguayan is still under contract with West Ham until the summer of 2021. So this summer would be the ideal time to move him on.
The Hammers should still be able to attract a decent fee for Balbuena, especially from a foreign side.
And even if West Ham have to take a hit on the fee they paid for the 28-year-old 20 months ago, they should not think twice about doing so.
Moyes has openly admitted that he wants to inject more youth and hunger into his squad. And it would make sense if Balbuena was sacrificed in order to help the Scot do just that.