West Ham’s 2-0 victory over Leicester City all but secured the club’s Premier League status for another season but while we were celebrating, disaster struck for other supporters.
After a decade in the Premier League, Stoke City were relegated on Saturday following a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace and a mass exodus is now expected from Staffordshire.
The Daily Mail suggests a host of players will be leaving the relegated outfit this summer, including January signing Badou Ndiaye, and West Ham should certainly be in the running for his signature.
Since signing in the mid-season window from Galatasaray, Ndiaye has quickly become accustomed to the pace and physicality of the Premier League, winning 47 of the 69 tackles he’s attempted according to WhoScored.
Driving forward from midfield, Ndiaye has successfully completed 17 of his 21 dribbles and has also chipped in with a goal and an assist.
David Moyes made no secret of his desire in January to bolster the Hammers’ midfield ranks and, with both Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate struggling for consistency this season, it’s likely to be an area of focus again in the summer.
While Moyes has been said to be targeting players with an abundance of Premier League experience, including Ndiaye’s Stoke colleague Joe Allen, Ndiaye has shown he’s capable of performing to a very high standard.