Joan Jordan nearly joined West Ham in the summer transfer window. But now he has been ranked as the best central midfielder who joined a team in the top five European leagues this summer.

WhoScored has produced a starting XI of summer 2019 signings in Europe’s top five divisions based on statistical data. Sebastien Haller features for West Ham but Jordan is also in the team – ranked as the best midfielder.

West Ham were close to signing Jordan in the summer, according to a recent report by Estadio Deportivo. Instead, he moved from Eibar to Sevilla in a £12.7m move (figure via Marca). He is already a hit at Sevilla and has a rating of 7.82, marking him as the best player in this midfield.

 

Joan Jordan at West Ham: Where would he fit?

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Jordan has oozed class at Sevilla so far – picking up from where he left off at Eibar. With 132 accurate passes in the opposition half and five chances created from set-pieces, the 25-year-old is shining at Sevilla.

But was he what West Ham needed? Jordan was a target after Pablo Fornals arrived but West Ham’s creative midfield did not need any reinforcements. With Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere, Mark Noble and others also scrapping for starts, where would Jordan fit in?

Jordan’s early season form has perhaps indicated that West Ham made a mistake not taking a gamble on him. But he seemed to favour staying in Spain anyway and West Ham are doing well without him. If he was a more defensive-minded midfielder, then he would have been an asset for the Hammers.

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