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West Ham keen on signing 18-year-old Ligue 1 starlet – A good signing for the future?

Chrislain Matsima (Image credit: Google)
Chrislain Matsima (Image credit: Google)

Why Chrislain Matsima would be a good future investment for West Ham

According to Daily Mail, West ham are keen on signing AS Monaco starlet Chrislain Matsima ahead of the next season.

Matsima, 18, spent time at the academies of Nanterre and AF De La Garenne-Colombes before joining Monaco’s youth system in 2017. He was immediately promoted to the club’s B side and has impressed so far. He recently made his debut for the senior team in a friendly against Standard Liege and is considered to be one of the best young talents in Europe.

He has also been part of France’s various age-group sides. He has also captained the nation’s U18 side on a couple of occasions so far. His impressive performance with Monaco’s youth teams has garnered the attention of several top clubs including Juventus and Atletico Madrid, as per the report. Thus, West Ham should make a swift move for the teenager.

Chrislain Matsima made his debut for Monaco in a friendly against Standard Liege (Image credit: Google)
Chrislain Matsima made his debut for Monaco in a friendly against Standard Liege (Image credit: Google)

The Hammers, meanwhile, have managed to secure their top-flight status after two wins and two draws in their last four league games. They finished the season in the 16th position, five points clear of the relegation zone.

With the season done and dusted, the manager should focus on taking West Ham to a higher level as they have been finishing in the second half of the table for quite a few years. And this can happen only if they bring in reinforcements to the squad at the earliest and prepare for the future.

Matsima could be a good replacement for West Ham star Angelo Ogbonna

Moyes needs to focus on strengthening the backline, first and foremost. The East Londoners conceded 62 goals this term and that doesn’t sound good for a club aiming for a higher place finish next season. At the moment, only three established centre-backs are available.

Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna have been regular starters but Fabian Balbuena has been unconvincing. Apart from them, the Hammers have young Goncalo Cardoso. Moreover, Balbuena has only one more year left on his contract with the club and Ogbonna, who is 32, is reaching the twilight of his career. Hence, they need to bring in a young defender with a view for the future.

Chrislain Matsima (R) in action against Brazil U17 (Image credit: Google)
Chrislain Matsima (R) in action against Brazil U17 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Hence, a move for Matsima seems to be a sensible option by the club as he can be a future replacement for Ogbonna, while he would add immediate depth to their defensive unit. He may not walk straight into Moyes’ starting XI but he can be given the right opportunities to develop himself. And the fact that several top clubs are interested in signing him proves his qualities.

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Verdict

With a lack of quality in their backline and Ogbonna ageing, it is clear that the Hammers are in dire need of defensive cover for the future. And Matsima would be a prospect worth signing. He can go on to represent them in the long run if he is able to develop himself and prove his worth.

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