According to Mundo Deportivo, West Ham United are considering launching a bid to sign Eibar midfielder Joan Jordan.
The Hammers are said to be willing to pay the £15 million required to prise the 24-year-old away from the La Liga club. The Spaniard impressed last season, scoring four goals and registering four assists across the course of the league campaign.
Jordan would be a smart buy for the Hammers, if there was room for him in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad. However, there’s currently no space for Jordan at the London Stadium and his arrival could have a damaging effect.
Too much competition for places can have a negative impact. Unless there are departures, Jordan’s arrival would see him competing with Jack Wilshere, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and new signing Pablo Fornals for a starting midfield berth.
Obviously, not all of them can start, or even get the amount of game time they need. This can lead to discontent amongst the squad, which must be avoided at all costs. The Irons must learn a lesson from Everton, who recently made such a mistake.
In the summer of 2017, then Toffees boss Ronald Koeman over-invested in attacking midfielders. The likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen, Nikola Vlasic and Wayne Rooney all found themselves competing for one place in the team. This meant Koeman’s squad was unbalanced and the situation deteriorated. Ultimately, his position in the hot seat at Goodison Park became untenable.
Pellegrini must recognise this reality and pass up the opportunity of signing Jordan in order to ensure squad harmony at the London Stadium.