Why West Ham United should avoid pursuing Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta

Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta shoots at goal

According to a recent report, West Ham United are interested in signing Manchester City right-back, Pablo Zabaleta.

Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta warms up before the match

A recent report in the London Evening Standard has suggested that West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is targeting a move for Manchester City's Argentinian defender Pablo Zabaleta this summer.

The Hammers have found themselves short of options at right-back this season, due to a number of factors including injuries, and a move for a new defender seems likely to happen in the summer.

But would the Manchester City right-back be the answer to their problems? This season West Ham United have utilised a number of players in that position, mostly due to Sam Byram's injury, including midfielders such as Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate. 

Neither player has looked comfortable in the position this season, and the right-back area has become such an issue for Slaven Bilic that the manager has often changed systems to try and avoid it.

Therefore, it makes sense to see the club being linked with Premier League standard right-backs before the season has already finished. But is Zabaleta the right target?

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The 32-year-old's age should come as a concern. Not long ago, West Ham brought in former Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa, thinking that his expertise and experience would be of benefit. However, the right-back has proved to be one of the Hammers worst signings of recent times, and Zabaleta could follow in similar fashion.

His lack of game time should also be sticking out for Slaven Bilic. The defender has made just 18 Premier League appearances for City this season, falling behind Bacary Sagna in the pecking order and often being forced to fill other positions in Pep Guardiola's ever-changing system. 

Is this really the type of signing that will take West Ham forward? Surely the club need to be targeting younger, fresher talent, as opposed to bringing in older players, likely on big wages, who are potentially past their prime?

Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta celebrates at full timeManchester City's Pablo Zabaleta

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