Why Keisuke Honda is not the answer for West Ham

The AC Milan player is not what West Ham United need in January.

According to a recent report from Italian website Calciomercato.com, West Ham United are one of the clubs interested in signing AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda in January, but in truth the Hammers should steer clear of the Japanese international.

West Ham have been in brilliant form so far this season and after some truly outstanding results they currently find themselves just three points outside the top four after 12 matches played.

Many of Slaven Bilic’s summer signings have excelled since arriving at Upton Park, most notably Victor Moses, Angelo Ogbonna and the majestic Dimitri Payet, but that does not mean West Ham will be equally as successful if their alleged pursuit of Honda comes off.

At 29, the attacking midfielder-cum right winger is approaching the twilight of his career and his performances for Milan in the last few seasons do not speak of a player who would shine for the Hammers.

So far this season Honda has been used sparingly – a situation that has no doubt prompted the speculation that he could be on his way – but if he is not good enough for a Milan side that is currently even points off top spot in Italy, is he really what West Ham need as they bid to maintain their great start?

Honda has managed one goal and one assist in nine appearances for Milan this season, and he has only been used in the final few minutes – if at all – in recent clashes.

Last season he played far more but had no significant positive impact beyond mid-October, with all his six league goals coming by then despite him playing a further 22 Serie A games.

West Ham will need to make more additions as they attempt to ensure a great start does not fizzle out. But Honda is not the answer, and his arrival would raise more questions than it answers at this stage of his career.

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