Guy Demel has signed a two-year contract extension which means he’ll be a West Ham player until 2015 unless the club sells him.
It’s a superb piece of business and good news for the club to secure the future of one of their most important defenders.
Demel plays on the right side of West Ham’s team and is vital defensively against talented left wingers and also getting up the right wing to provide support for the midfield.
As a right back, he has all of the qualities and attributes needed to be one of the best in living memory for the club.
“It’s really good for me and I’m really happy to have a new deal with West Ham - I’m happy to be at West Ham and in the team. The lads are really good with me as are the people working for the club. I hope I will stay that long to play in the new stadium as well,” Demel told the Sun.
His positioning looks very good for the majority of the time and he knows how to defend basically against a talented winger, by showing them down into the areas where they are less effective.
Physically he’s also an immense player, with a height of well over six feet tall and he doesn’t look like he’s going to get brushed off the ball by anyone.
This is significant for when he has to tuck inside and help out the centre backs slightly, if West Ham are playing against a team that like to play the ball long and launch aerial threats.
West Ham have been attacked from all angles this January with various online media sources suggesting they will lose some of their key players, with Demel’s name occasionally appearing.
Not only is this good news for the club, it’s also good news for the fans who may have been starting to doubt Sam Allardyce’s ability to attract or hang onto the best players at his disposal.
It takes care of one position for big Sam, meaning he can go and focus on other areas of the side where West Ham are short on players or could use improvement.
It should also help the side to secure the services of other key players in and around the first team because Demel is a very popular player around West Ham and an example to anyone debating over a new deal.
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