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‘A low-risk move that could pay off’ – West Ham eyeing move for Sunderland talent: The verdict


This article is a part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ collection, which supplies private opinions from the FLW writers concerning the newest breaking information, groups, gamers, managers, potential signings and extra…

West Ham United are reportedly fascinated about a deal to signal Sunderland teenager Josh Hawkes in accordance with TEAMtalk.

Hawkes has been a daily for the Black Cats’ Under-23s aspect on this yr’s marketing campaign, and has caught the attention with some spectacular showings.

The midfielder has solely been with Sunderland for the reason that summer time of 2020, however has seemingly made a very good impression on different golf equipment, as he heads into the ultimate yr of his contract on the Stadium of Light.

TEAMtalk additionally declare that Leeds United and Crystal Palace are eager on reaching an settlement to land his signature within the close to future, so Hawkes actually received’t be in need of affords.

He’s but to be handed an opportunity within the Sunderland first-group, with the Black Cats just lately lacking out on promotion into the Championship, after they had been overwhelmed by Lincoln City of their play-off semi-closing.

We ask our Football League World writers what they make of West Ham’s curiosity in signing Hawkes this summer time, and whether or not he’d be a very good addition to their group.

Chris Thorpe:

It’s been nicely documented that he’s a extremely rated teenager on the Stadium of Light and at his age, I do assume he would bounce on the likelihood to affix West Ham this summer time.

I believe it’s a participant that the Irons could look to mattress in at first group stage slowly or mortgage out immediately, as Hawkes hasn’t had a lot first group publicity in his profession to this point within the North East.

He wouldn’t get into West Ham’s present midfield however perhaps in a yr or two he could breakthrough at a membership which places plenty of religion in it’s kids.

If he chooses to go away the League One aspect this summer time, he could do so much worse than shifting to the London Stadium.

Chris Gallagher:

This can be a sensible signing for the Hammers.

Of course, he wouldn’t get within the first-group at West Ham immediately, however he has the potential to pressure his approach into the XI within the years to return. You can’t think about that he’ll command an enormous price, so for a Premier League aspect it’s a low-risk move that could pay off spectacularly down the road.

The apparent problem for Hawkes is that not taking part in week in, week out could stall his improvement, so he could choose to remain at Sunderland if he’s assured minutes subsequent season.

For Sunderland, they need to give him an vital function within the aspect subsequent season as they put together for one other promotion push nevertheless it could be tough to maintain maintain of him if a suggestion arrives.

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Jordan Rushworth:

This is a signing that could have the potential to pay off handsomely down the road for West Ham in the event that they had been capable of make a move for Josh Hawkes this summer time. He is a participant that possesses plenty of potential and is somebody that could emerge as a star within the coming years.

However, it might be an enormous step up for him to go straight into West Ham’s group within the Premier League. Having stated that he won’t be in need of confidence and perception in his personal talents and we’ve got seen gamers burst onto the scene within the prime-flight and flourish immediately.

The Hammers’ recruitment mannequin is far smarter lately than it has been in lots of a yr. They at the moment are bringing in proficient gamers type the decrease leagues and providing them an opportunity to meet their Premier League ambitions. This signing would proceed with that strategy and it’s one that has labored efficiently to this point.

This can be one to be enthusiastic about for the Hammers, however there would additionally should be some warning and endurance given to him as he may want a little bit time to settle in earlier than he is able to make a significant affect.