Why West Ham are not likely to sign Liverpool’s Nat Phillips


Why West Ham are not likely to sign Liverpool’s Nat Phillips

West Ham’s injury issues

West Ham have had a superb start to the 2021/22 campaign.

The Hammers are currently 4th in the Premier League and have picked up some impressive wins over Liverpool and Chelsea.

However, both of those wins would come at a price to their backline. Firstly, vs Liverpool, Angelo Ogbonna would suffer a knee injury, which has ruled him out for the season.

Then, after seeing off Chelsea, Kurt Zouma suffered an injury which could keep him out for up to 12 weeks.

With West Ham fighting for a top-four spot and still going strong in Europe, the Hammers cannot really afford to have two key senior central defenders out of action.

Why West Ham are not likely to sign Liverpool’s Nat PhillipsWhy West Ham are not likely to sign Liverpool’s Nat Phillips

ROMFORD, ENGLAND – MARCH 06: Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on March 6, 2020 in Romford, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

So, the report from the Evening Standard recently which claimed West Ham had green-lit a January move for a centre-back was not at all surprising.

One of the names said to be of interest to West Ham in the above-linked report from was Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips.

This was followed by a further report which claimed West Ham still wanted to sign Phillips despite his recent injury set-back.

West Ham to sign a left-footer?

So, given Phillips is a fringe star for Liverpool and West Ham are in need of a centre-back, a deal in January did seem likely.

However, a fresh report from The Athletic on Friday has explained why Phillips is unlikely to be signed for West Ham.

The reason behind this is because most of West Ham’s current centre-backs are right-footed, so, ideally, they will sign a left-footer, which Phillips is not.

It is added that Nice’s Flavius Daniliuc is on West Ham’s radar.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 18 35 44
2 Liverpool FC 18 35 41
3 Chelsea FC 18 27 38
4 Arsenal FC 18 4 32
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 15 -1 26
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 18 -23 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 5



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