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Opinion: Moyes surely wants 28-year-old gone amid West Ham talks with £33m ace

Arthur Masuaku’s dramatic late winner during West Ham United’s 3-2 triumph over Chelsea last December summed him up, in a way.   Expect the unexpected….

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Arthur Masuaku’s dramatic late winner during West Ham United’s 3-2 triumph over Chelsea last December summed him up, in a way.  

Expect the unexpected. Whether he meant it or not – spoiler alert, he definitely didn’t – that cross-cum-short from almost right on the by-line was oh-so typically Masuaku. Whether good or bad, awesome or abysmal, it’s always entertaining. 

You get the feeling, however, that David Moyes would rather his left-back produced fewer heart-stopping moments. This is a coach who tends to build his teams around reliable, 7/10 performers. But Masuaku, in contrast to the likes of Declan Rice, Kurt Zouma and Jarrod Bowen, tends to swing wildly from an eight to a three, often with very little in between.  

Did we mention his rather worrisome injury record? 

Arthur Masuaku out, David Raum in for West Ham United?

According to The Athletic, the former Olympiakos man looks set to stay at the London Stadium ‘as it stands’.

It is those final three words that really catch the eye, however. While a potential reunion with Marco Silva at Fulham feels unlikely, you get the feeling that Masuaku remaining a West Ham player is something of a marriage of convenience.

‘As it stands’ essentially means ‘subject to change’.

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West Ham would ideally like to upgrade him with a superior option. But finding a buyer for the DR Congo international, not to mention a high-quality replacement, may be easier said than done with Moyes and co already spinning more plates than an entire Cirque de Soleil troupe. 

The Athletic does say that West Ham have held talks with Hoffenheim for David Raum. The Times back up these claims, adding that the Germany international would cost around £33 million.  

A £33m upgrade

Now, Raum would obviously be a colossal improvement on Masuaku. As you might expect for a footballer who idolises Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, Raum is adventurous and aggressive in equal measure. His tally of 13 assists last season is more than Masuaku managed (nine) in more than 100 Premier League outings. 

That West Ham have held talks for Raum – even if a deal does look a long way from becoming a reality – is proof enough that the London giants would welcome an high-quality left-back with open arms. Until one arrives, however, The Hammers will have to make do with a man who almost epitomises what it means to be the opposite of a ‘typical David Moyes player’. 

At least, with Masuaku, there’s seldom a dull moment.

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