Date: 14th August 2019 at 2:46pm
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OPINION

West Ham could have played a blinder if they signed left-back Layvin Kurzawa from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window after it was reported that the Irons made an approach for the France international.

According to L’Equipe, West Ham, Tottenham and Fiorentina had all enquired about the 26-year-old earlier in the summer but failed to turn their interest into negotiations amid PSG’s £13.9million asking-price.

It is unclear why the Hammers did not follow up on their interest in Kurzawa because the PSG left-back would have been a perfect signing for them amid the lack of quality in Manuel Pellegrini’s current full-back options.

Aaron Cresswell had a shocker for West Ham on Saturday when the London club lost 5-0 at home against Manchester City.

The former Ipswich left-back, according to WhoScored, made just 23 successful passes, which was fewer than any other outfield player that started against Man City.

Cresswell also managed to complete just one tackle and was dispossessed twice by the away side.

It was a torrid display by the man who was wearing the captain’s armband and it highlights just how much of a clanger it was that Pellegrini didn’t sign an upgrade in the summer.

Especially when Kurzawa could have been that upgrade.

The 13-times France international who was three Ligue 1 titles to his name as well as three French Cups and three French League Cups.

He is a natural-born winner and although he was not exactly a first-team star for PSG last season as he spent a fair bit of time sidelined with a herniated disc, the former Monaco left-back still played a role by appearing 21 times across all competitions, scoring one goal and supplying four assists.

According to stats by WhoScored, Kurzawa averaged more tackles, dribbles, successful aerial duels and key passes per 90 minutes than Cresswell in the league last season.

Kurzawa’s pass success rate was also better than the West Ham left-back, who fans were urging the club to offload before the English transfer window closed last week.

It would have made a lot of sense for West Ham to sign Kurzawa and bin off Cresswell, especially as £13.1million for a player of the Frenchman’s quality and experience would have been a bargain.

Hopefully no one snaps him up from PSG between now and January because it will be interesting to see if the Irons reignite their interest in Kurzawa once the transfer window re-opens at the start of 2020.