This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
West Ham United have been linked with Brentford defender Rico Henry.
According to The Athletic, the Hammers have been scouting Henry and considered a move for the left-back in the summer but opted against it.
But would he be a good signing for West Ham in January? And do they need him?
We quizzed our FLW writers for their thoughts…
This is certainly an interesting move.
Rico Henry is undoubtedly a top defender at Championship level and it’s no surprise that Premier League sides are circling.
The question here is where he will fit in at West Ham.
Aaron Creswell is the undisputed left-back at the London Stadium and it seems unlikely that he will be immediately dislodged by Henry.
Of course, this could be with a view to the future, but Henry will want assurances that he’ll be a first-team regular if he’s to leave Brentford – particularly when they’re chasing a spot in the top flight themselves.
Of course, it’s a move that would be a good signing, but I’m unsure that it’d be the best deal for the player.
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Definitely would be a good signing, Henry deserves the chance to prove himself at a higher level after performing so well for Brentford and I think joining Said Benrahma at West Ham would suit him.
The Hammers have Ryan Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku at their disposal on the left, whilst Ben Johnson has also recently broken through, perhaps suggesting there isn’t an immediate need to strengthen this position.
However, I must note that Cresswell isn’t getting any younger or faster for that matter and this could well pave the way for Henry coming in as his long-term successor.
I expect the left-back to remain with Brentford until next summer but I do think he will be on the move sooner or later if he does continue to shine in west London.
This could be a really good signing for West Ham if they can pull it off.
Henry has flown under the radar in comparison to some of his Brentford teammates in recent years, but he has nonetheless been one of their most effective and influential performers of recent seasons.
As a result, you do feel as though he could be ready for the step up to the Premier League, and with Arthur Masuaku set to be on the sidelines for some time with injury, West Ham could certainly benefit from some cover at left-back for Aaron Cresswell, which Henry could certainly offer.
With that in mind, the Hammers may be well advised to try and get this deal in January, to ensure they do not miss out on Henry to another top-flight team, or to a possible promotion for Brentford themselves this summer, which would make it harder to prise him away from the Bees.