Former Premier League striker has claimed that he “can’t see” West Ham making a move for Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer.
The Hammers are coming off the back of an excellent season in which they qualified for the Europa League in 2021/22.
Declan Rice and Thomas Soucek are guaranteed starters in midfield. However, they do not have much cover.
They are in a good position to add some top talent, which has seen Oxlade-Chamberlain linked.
However, former Hull City star Windass does not see David Moyes’ men signing the Englishman.
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He also claimed that he reckons that Oxlade-Chamberlain is better suited to playing out wide, rather than central midfield.
Speaking to This is Futbol, Windass said: “I don’t see Oxlade-Chamberlain as a central midfielder, I see him as a wide player.
“Out wide, West Ham have already got Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen.
“It’s a chance for him to stamp his authority on the team and I can’t see West Ham signing Oxlade-Chamberlain.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain unlikely to move to West Ham
There are two things to take away from Windass’ comments.
While some Liverpool fans have grown tired of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury struggles, he is still a fantastic player.
He is unlikely to leave this summer as the Reds do not have a whole pile of central-midfield options themselves, now that Gini Wijnaldum has left.
So we, like Windass, do not see Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving for West Ham, or anybody else.
Also interesting are Windass’ comments that he sees the 27-year-old as a winger, rather than a centre-midfielder.
Of course, he played out wide for a lot of his earlier career. His pace made it a good role for him.
However, he has shown for Liverpool that his best position is undoubtedly as a No 8.
He has the drive and energy to play this role, as well as excellent long-range shooting ability.
We have to disagree with Windass on this one.