Why Swap A 32Year Old For A 33Year Old?

Italian media sources are linking Sami Khedira with a move to either Wolves or West Ham, apparently he could be tempted into a move to London in order to follow his girlfriend Melanie Leupolz, who recently signed for Chelsea women. In other words Khedira fancies a 'bit of' London life and would like a 'wealthy' benefactor for what would be the final deal of his career, sounds familiar?

For too many years West Ham United have been the final destination for on loan or free transfer players looking for one final payday, although the term 'free transfer' is of course an antonym, due to the fact that there is always an agent involved and as everyone knows agents don't work for free! Calcio Mercato claimed earlier this month that the Hammers and Wolves want to sign the German World Cup winner this summer, David Moyes will undoubtedly be keen to strengthen his central midfield options this summer, but why on earth would he want to add an injury prone 33 year old to an already ageing squad?

Mark Noble will be 33 years old soon, and is clearly showing signs of slowing down, but that is the reason Tomas Soucek has been brought in from Sparta, and whilst Noble may have regressed this season he still represents a far better option than a player who 'was' good in the 2014 Champions League final. Waste of space, Carlos Sanchez, another dubious signing, is guaranteed to leave the club when the season is ended, whichever way it does. David Moyes will be looking to bring the average age of the first team down significantly and Khedira, with his problems with injuries over the years, is the sort of stop gap signing West Ham need to avoid.

Khedira is clearly not the player he once was, and although he was a top class performer on his day, he has only managed to play in 12 Serie A matches for Juventus this season, the German has averaged 1.2 tackles, 0.4 interceptions and 0.9 clearances, he averages 25.5 passes per game with a passable completion rate of 88.2% (Who Scored). However, at 33 years old Khedira would find it difficult to make the transition from Serie A to the Premier League, and quite frankly Wolves are welcome to him. Juventus are thought to be keen to offload the World Cup winner, so he might be available for a bargain fee.

This is one 'bargain' that West Ham need to give a very wide berth, bounce Sanchez, Roberto and Wilshere, bring in young talent from the lower leagues or promote from within the club's excellent youth teams, the U-23's are doing spectacularly well, why not use some of the wealth of talent available? Sanctioning the bringing in of old has been's must cease, bringing in unjaded youth players must become the club's modus operandi if it is to survive and prosper.

Khedira might be worth the risk for someone, but definitely NOT for the Irons.

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