With West Ham having sent scouts to the Under 21 Euros, with France players being looked at in particular, according to ExWHUEmployee, Monday night’s result has gone in the Hammers’ favour.
A draw was the only result which would have seen both France and Romania go through to the knockout stages – which was the case, as the match ended 0-0.
It would have been Italy who’d go through as the best second placed side if France had lost against the Romanians – while there could be plans behind closed doors, there haven’t been any reports of West Ham monitoring any of Italy’s squad.
The main focus has been on France for West Ham, so having at least one extra game to assess their potential targets’ credentials could be beneficial in the decision making process – it could even be what tips the club towards making a move for somebody.
In addition, it is also good to see the Romanians go through – not just because of endearing stories regarding their players, such as goalkeeper Ionut Radu carrying a shirt with his late sister’s face on to every ground he plays at.
Even though none of them have been linked to West Ham as of yet, there are also players within that squad who could become targets – and would likely be pretty cheap – such as Ianis Hagi.
It is highly unlikely that West Ham will be the only ones looking at these players, but that the option is there to do so can only be a good thing.
While it is unknown whether the Hammers will make a move for any of the players they are watching, having the extra time should help make the best decision for the club.
The Hammers have been aiming for young and exciting talent; this result gives them a brilliant opportunity to keep searching for it.