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West Ham United will face tough competition for this gifted winger

In a recent report, Goal stated that West Ham United will face tough competition for Corinthians winger Wesley this summer. It is believed the Hammers will have to rival Atletico Madrid in the race to land the Brazilian winger later this year.

Wesley’s outstanding rise in Brazilian football

Wesley has made a meteoric rise at the Brazilian club, having recently managed to prove his worth as a first-team starter. The Brazilian youngster has featured in 58 games for Corinthians so far, finding the back of the net six times and earning three assists in multiple competitions.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed good form in the final third, based on his averages of 1.8 shots, 1.3 key passes and 3.5 dribbles per game in the Brasileirao. He was even accurate in distributing the ball in the opponent’s half, having completed 81.1% of his passing attempts in the Brazilian first division (stats via whoscored).

His current contract with Corinthians expires at the end of 2027, which could make it difficult for the Hammers to land him on a bargain deal in the summer transfer window.

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – APRIL 28: Wesley of Corinthians scores his team’s second goal during a match between Corinthians and Fluminense as part of Brasileirao Series A at Neo Quimica Arena on April 28, 2024 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

West Ham United face stiff competition for Wesley: is he worth the fight?

Wesley can create some space for himself to score some hits on goal. He has the eye to make some decisive passes in and around the opponent’s penalty area and can make some smart runs with the ball on the left flank. However, the Brazilian prospect is still quite raw and needs time to prove his worth at the highest level.

Wesley has the potential to one day become a world-class winger. Therefore, he would be a brilliant addition to West Ham boss David Moyes’ squad in the long term. He is already good enough to compete for a permanent starting place at the London Stadium in the coming seasons.

Therefore, Wesley would be well worth the battle, so the Hammers should focus on doing everything they can to lure him to the English capital when the transfer window opens at the end of this season. However, it remains to be seen whether he can make a smooth transition to life in Premier League football.