Why signing Keisuke Honda now makes sense in light of Payet’s injury

Keisuke Honda

West Ham United have been linked with a move for AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda.

As confirmed by the club’s official website, West Ham United star Dimitri Payet is set for a three month injury layoff after being on the receiving end of a crude tackle from Everton’s James McCarthy.

Payet has been an utter revelation for the Hammers this season, scoring five goals and adding a further three assists in 12 Premier League starts since joining the club from Marseille last summer.

West Ham’s tactics seemingly get the best out of the Frenchman, and boss Slaven Bilic faces a dilemma as while Michail Antonio is in reserve, he remains untested at the top level.

However, with the January transfer window not too far away, there is the option of adding to his ranks.

According to a report in The Sun two weeks ago, West Ham were considering a move for AC Milan playmaker Keisuke Honda with a fee in the region of £5 million already being cited.

The thought of bringing in the Japan international before Payet suffered his injury didn’t really cross the minds of supporters considering they play in very similar roles.

Honda has barely featured for Milan this season, and with speculation circling that he’s looking for a San Siro exit questions have to be asked of his current mind frame and motivation to succeed.

The former CSKA man has an abundance of ability, and at 29 he is reaching his so-called peak years.

In light of Payet’s injury, assuming Croatian boss Bilic could get the best out of him then acquiring Honda during the January transfer window would now make plenty of sense.

West Ham need an attacking midfielder, and one who is handy at dead-ball situations. Honda ultimately ticks both boxes and every time he sits out of Milan’s line-up his potential value decreases.

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