West Ham United boss David Moyes has been advised to sign his fellow Scot Lewis Ferguson by legend Frank McAvennie.
The Hammers are having a fine season so far.
But Moyes’s squad is still short in several key areas, including defensive midfield.
West Ham looking good but squad is short in key areas
An injury to either Declan Rice or Tomas Soucek – or heaven forbid both – would seriously weaken West Ham.
Beyond that West Ham only have the ageing Mark Noble and – at a push – Robert Snodgrass as back-up.
Moyes is building a new-look West Ham side around young, athletic players hungry to prove themselves in the Premier League.
And McAvennie believes Aberdeen star Ferguson fits the bill perfectly, even suggesting he would be a like-for-like replacement if Rice were to leave.
Hammers legend McAvennie tells Moyes to sign rising star Ferguson
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie said Ferguson is bound for the Premier League and would ‘love to see’ Ferguson at West Ham.
“I think Lewis Ferguson will go to the Premier League,” Macca told Football Insider.
“I’d love to see him at West Ham because he is a fantastic player. I do not want Declan Rice to leave but if he was I think Ferguson would be the ideal replacement for him…
“I think the boy Ferguson is ready for the Premier League. He is only young and he is a good, tidy player. It is an eye-opener going to England but it would only benefit him.
“He is a young, energetic player who keeps the ball well, can tackle and he can get forward and score goals. I do not want Declan to leave but I would not be annoyed if Lewis Ferguson took his place.”
All action midfielder has impressive stats and goal record and fellow Scot Moyes will be aware
Being a Scot Moyes will probably be well aware of the 21-year-old’s talents.
The Scotland Under 21 midfielder started out as a youth player at Rangers.
He has a superb average match rating of nearly 7.5 this season (WhoScored.com).
He has also scored an impressive 20 goals from less than 100 senior games in his career so far.
It seems a sound piece of advice from McAvennie and fits Moyes’s Red Bull blueprint of snapping up young players before they become widely known.