The Lowdown: Great pedigree
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder joined West Ham for a club-record fee of around £51m in the summer transfer window, after registering 15 goal contributions in 35 games for French side Lyon last season.
Having been capped 34 times for Brazil, netting seven goals in the process, the Hammers’ impressive summer signing has hit the ground running at his new club, leading to high praise for his levels of performance.
The Latest: He’s levels above
Dharmesh Sheth is the latest to give credit to Paqueta for his start to life at the London Stadium, telling GIVEMESPORT:
“He’s already a fans favourite at West Ham United. The West Ham fans that I know, that I speak to, go to games regularly, and they keep telling me he’s on different levels; his touch is fantastic.”
The Verdict: A massive talent
Once dubbed a “magician” by journalist Josh Bunting for his performance in the 3-1 victory against Fulham earlier this month, the £150k-per-week maestro is already proving to be a great signing for the Hammers, oozing quality in picking out teammates in attacking areas.
This was most evident in his side’s 3-1 win against Fulham earlier this month, assisting Gianluca Scamacca for the Irons’ second goal, and getting a SofaScore rating of 7.5, the highest of any player on the pitch.
Although the playmaker, once described as “fantastic” on a “global level” by Jerome Boateng, is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury sustained in the away match against Southampton earlier this month, when he returns to the team he will be a massive boost to West Ham’s chances of once again challenging for the European places.