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Is West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku ready for the step up to Tottenham?

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Is West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku ready for the step up to Tottenham?

In a campaign of few highs for West Ham, it could be about to get worse this summer as reports link exciting left-sided player Arthur Masuaku with a move away.

The Sun say that London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea are among those to have considered a move for the Frenchman, who joined from Greek side Olympiakos in the summer of 2016 to provide cover in the absence of Aaron Cresswell.

Since Cresswell’s return, Masuaku has remained a key man for the Hammers and is now enjoying some of the finest form of his life at the London Stadium.

Of late, the versatile player has featured in a left wing role and as a left-wing-back, taking advantage of the attacking aspects of his game where he is strongest.

(during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Stoke City at London Stadium on April 16, 2018 in London, England.

Few players carry the ball forward with strength and pace as well as the 24-year-old and would excel as a wing-back in the systems used by both Tottenham and Chelsea, attempting close to five dribbles per match on average.

That said, 1.9 of those are unsuccessful and Masuaku does have a tendency to run himself into dead ends and waste possession. Such a lack of end product on a consistent basis may not be a problem for a team battling relegation, but it is for a team competing in the Champions League.

It is worth keeping an eye on Masuaku, who has youth on his side and could cut out the sloppy and naive mistakes from his game. His improvements over the past two years already have shown that he is getting better, but it seems that this summer may be too soon for his big move.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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