'Great', 'upgrade for us on the left': Some West Ham fans react after hearing who's reportedly joining
West Ham have reportedly reached agreement with Chelsea over the signing of Pierre Ekwah.
The 19-year-old, who can operate at centre-back or as a holding midfielder, was on trial with the Hammers towards the end of last season.
Ekwah played two matches for West Ham’s under-23 team and, according to the Evening Standard, he impressed their coaches.
Who is Pierre Ekwah?
Ekwah is a left-sided central defender who came through the ranks at French club Nantes.
He joined Chelsea in 2018 for a reported £1.8million.
Ekwah’s page on the Blues website reads: “A French Under-16 international who can play in either a back three or back four.
“He is a quick and athletic individual who also enjoys coming out of defence with the ball and has a good range of pass.
“(Ekwah) signed his first professional contract in January 2019.
“He enjoyed a solid first season in English football, featuring frequently for the youth team and scoring dramatically late on at home to Southampton to rescue a point in January.
“The Paris-born defender also made his debut in the UEFA Youth League and Premier League 2 during the campaign.
“The Frenchman made seven outings for Ed Brand’s Under-18s during the 2019/20 season, scoring two goals, both came in the league game against Norwich at Cobham.
“By the mid-point of the 2020/21 season Ekwah-Elimby had made four outings for Andy Myers’ development squad, including performances in the wins over Derby, Leicester and Manchester United.”
He scored one goal in seven Premier League 2 games last season.
“Good bit of business”
Some West Ham fans are delighted with Ekwah’s reportedly imminent arrival.
Here’s what some have said on Twitter:
“More intense and physical”
Ekwah previously spoke about the biggest difference between being at Chelsea’s academy from his time at Nantes last year.
He told the Blues’ website: “The big difference is the way the football is played – the English style of football is different to the French type.
“In England it’s more intense and physical compared to France – the training at academy level became more intense when I moved here.
“The weather, ah the weather! It’s alright, I’m fine with it, but not at winter time – that’s the worst time to be in England.”
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