Lucas Paquetá - Meet West Ham’s new record signing
On Monday evening, West Ham announced the signing of midfielder Lucas Paquetá from French side Lyon for £51 million.
The midfielder made 67 appearances during his 2 years in France, scoring an impressive 18 goals.
At age 25, he has also represented Brazil 33 times already. He was a part of the Copa America winning squad in 2019.
Hammers fans will have high expectations of the Brazilian international, as they have seen what he is able to do during his Lyon career as well as on the global stage with his national team.
They would have been able to get a close look at what he can do on the pitch, as West Ham faced Lyon twice in the Europa League quarter finals last year, and Paquetá impressed especially in the first leg at the London Stadium.
Paquetá can play in a number of different positions and excel within David Moyes’ side. He can play as an 8 or a 10 in central midfield, or he can also play out on the wing. However, he may not be able to play to his full potential out wide, and he struggled in this position at Italian side AC Milan.
He will bring his Brazilian flair to East London, and will surely be an exciting player to watch for not just West Ham fans, but neutral fans too. Paquetá has great ability with the ball at his feet and is not scared to take players on, using his wide range of skills.
When asked about his new signing, Hammers boss David Moyes said, “I’m delighted to welcome Lucas to West Ham”. “He’s a player I've admired from afar for a very long time”.
The transfer window shuts at 11pm tomorrow night, with David Moyes rumoured to still want a couple more new signings for his side.
Names such as Wan-Bissaka from Manchester United, Conor Gallagher from Chelsea and Seko Fofana from Lens are said to be potential targets for the Hammers.