Lucas Paqueta has been exceptional at times for West Ham United this season, there is absolutely no denying that.
Hammers boss David Moyes can be seen pulling his hair out on the touchline at times in response to Paqueta’s antics, and the Scot surprisingly suggested recently that he actually enjoys watching the Brazilian’s showboating.
He is a brilliant match-winner, that can’t be disputed, but there is definitely a very big downside to his playing style as well.
And the former Lyon star has to address it as soon as possible…
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West Ham ace Lucas Paqueta needs to improve one thing
The Brazilian has a really bad habit of losing the ball when dawdling in possession for far too long…especially inside his own third.
Paqueta loves inviting opposition players on to him, but he has to release the ball earlier in future games.
His laid back nature when in possession leads to numerous turnovers, and puts us under the cosh unnecessarily on far too many occasions.
He did it away at Aston Villa earlier this season – an action that ended up in a goal for the West Midlands club – and is something that South American football expert Tim Vickery warned us about when we signed him.
Paqueta has been dispossessed 30 times in the Premier League this season – the third most out of any player in the division (Premier League’s official website) – he’s only played 12 games as well.
Listen, I don’t want Moyes to coach the enigmatic, match-winning brilliance out of the Brazilian, far from it.
However, there is a time and a place for his showboating antics, and anywhere near his penalty box definitely isn’t it.
Lucas Paqueta is a wonderful footballer and has done some exceptional things for West Ham, but he’s not as good as he could be. And if you think about it, the fact that he can become even better than he already is is a really exciting one.