West Ham target Islam Slimani shines despite late World Cup woe

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Reported West Ham United target Islam Slimani impressed for Algeria in their extra-time defeat to Germany on Monday.

West Ham United have been linked with a summer move for Algeria striker Islam Slimani, so how did he do in his country's last-16 World Cup match against Germany?

The forward may not have got on the score-sheet but he impressed with his intelligent running, regularly causing problems for Germany's centre-back pairing of Per Mertesacker and Jerome Boateng.  

Time and again Slimani ran between the Arsenal and Bayern Munich men, and on another day the 26-year-old could have had a goal or two.

Indeed he had two scoring attempts, both of which were on target, while he also played one key pass to set up a goal-scoring chance for a teammate.

And it was not just in his running and shooting that he caused problems for the opposing defence.  Slimani also played 12 forward passes in the match, while he showed he is no pushover by winning four duels and three aerial battles.

  Key PassesTotal Scoring AttemptOn-target Scoring AttemptFwd PassDuel WonAerial WonMins
Islam Slimani 1 2 2 12 4 3 120

In short, Slimani showed exactly why West Ham are reportedly interested in him.  And were he to arrive at Upton Park, he would offer something different to their current forwards.

Reports in Portugal last week claimed his current club Sporting Lisbon wanted at least €8million for a player who netted eight domestic goals last season.  And while that may not seem like much, he showed against Germany that there is far more to his game than simply finishing.

If he can cause such problems for the German back-line, imagine what he could do when facing Premier League defences on a regular basis.

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