Fabio Daprela predicts West Ham fans will love Albian Ajeti

Fabio Daprela of West Ham United

West Ham United snapped up Albian Ajeti last week.

Fabio Daprela of West Ham United

West Ham United landed a big-money striker in Sebastien Haller earlier this summer, but still needed one more attacker to help Manuel Pellegrini's attack.

The Hammers had let Lucas Perez, Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll go, meaning Haller and Javier Hernandez were the only recognised strikers left at the club.

A cheap attacking signing was needed, and the Hammers managed to find one as they brought in Basel forward Albian Ajeti just before last week's transfer deadline.

 

Football.London report that the fee involved for the 22-year-old was £8million, whilst he'll be earning £30,000-a-week over the course of a four-year contract.

Ajeti impressed last season, smashing 21 goals and 11 assists for Basel, and his all-round game means he could come in for Haller or even play alongside the Frenchman.

The Swiss international arrives in the Premier League with little reputation, and fans may not know what to expect from their latest addition.

West Ham United unveil new signing Albian Ajeti at The London Stadium on August 7, 2019 in London, England.

One player who knows Ajeti well is fellow Swiss ace Fabio Daprela, who had a brief spell with West Ham in 2009, and he's been talking to Blick about Ajeti.

Daprela believes that West Ham fans appreciate work rate over quality in some cases, believing that's exactly why supporters will love Ajeti, as he will never duck away from a battle and will give everything to the cause.

“They appreciate a tackle almost more than a goal,” said Daprela. “What counts is the combative attitude that players show on the pitch. The fans will love him, because he is a type of player who does not avoid a duel, that tears himself apart for the jersey and lives off his physique,” he added.

Albian Ajeti of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on August 8, 2019 in Romford, United Kingdom.

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