Balague - 'Feghouli could be great'

Sky Sports regular Guillem Balague is a respected UK-based Spanish football journalist and is more than aware of the potential shown by West Ham United’s latest signing Sofiane Feghouli for Valencia during the last few seasons...

Sofiane Feghouli is a player with a lot of potential. He has the ability to dribble in wide areas and can equally play through the middle, but he is definitely stronger as a winger.

It hasn’t been the easiest year for him at Valencia, but if he can rekindle his love for football with the help of the passionate West Ham fans, then you have a great player, because on his day, he is the type that you don’t see very often.

He has the experience of playing in La Liga and so he isn’t just about going forward. As so many players learn to do in Spain, he is able to use his experience defensively as well.

With the increased money in the Premier League, its clubs now have the potential to attract this type of player. This signing is a sign that West Ham don’t just want strong and physical players, but also technical players of the highest quality.

Sofiane is able to make the difference in games and that can be so important for a team. I think that if he can maintain consistency, he will become a great signing for the Club.

He is at that point in his career that he needs to kick on and take the next step to further his career and I think that West Ham can offer him the right conditions to do that.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily the opinions held by West Ham United