Amr Warda replaced Mohamed Salah in Egypt’s starting XI for their World Cup opening clash against Uruguay, and West Ham should surely think seriously about making a move for him.
Egypt suffered a deomoraizing 1-0 defeat at the hands Uruguay in their World Cup Group A opener on Friday, with an 88th-minute goal from Jose Gimenez proving to be the difference.
The North Africans greatly missed the influence of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah who wasn’t fully fit to feature, with Amr Warda replacing him in the lineup.
The 24-year-old was a constant threat on the right flank for Egypt, giving Martin Caceres a hard time and creating a handful of chances for his side.
While isn’t as prolific as Salah, Warda proved he is capable of playing in the Premier League, and West Ham United could find their own version of the Liverpool hero in him.
West Ham will be looking to get things right under manager Manuel Pellegrini next term after an underwhelming 2016-17, and have to make quality additions to their squad this summer.
The East London club managed to score just 48 league goals last term, and strengthening their attack with affordable quality players like Warda could go a long way in boosting their chances in the final third next seaon.
The former Al Ahly star currently plies his trade in the Greece Super League side PAOK, but spent last season on loan at Atromitos, where he put in a terrific campaign to emerge as the best player of the league.
Warda ended the season with eight goals and six assists in 23 league appearances, and definitely has a lot of potential. West Ham need such a creative and tricky winger capable of confidently taking the game to the opponents, creating chances for his teammates and influencing games with a move.
Egypt play World Cup hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia next as they look to secure a spot in the round-of-16, and while Salah should be finally back on his feet by then, Warda is still likely to feature for the Pharaohs, and would hope to impress scouts when afforded another chance to play.