By Will Butcher
David Gold has revealed on Twitter that he wants to keep Sofiane Feghouli at West Ham despite a poor start to life in east London.
The 27-year-old has struggled for form under manager Slaven Bilic since his move from La Liga side Valencia and did not make his first Hammers league start until December.
However, West Ham chairman Gold believes keeping the Algeria international at the London Stadium is the correct decision and made that clear with his reply to a fan on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday.
The supporter suggested he “would keep” Feghouli to Gold, who replied, “I think you’re right”.
@davidgold I would keep Sofiane Feghouli we haven't seen the best of him yet, he turned the palace defense inside out, he's got more in him
— ⚒Matt⚒ Ⓜ️ (@MGHAMMERS) January 17, 2017
I think you're right. dg https://t.co/RqxwY2Z0vk
— David Gold (@davidgold) January 17, 2017
West Ham’s number seven has been reportedly interesting Serie A giants Roma this month, as they look to end his nightmare start to life in the Premier League.
However, Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio revealed on his website earlier this month that the Hammers have rejected the Roma’s initial loan offer for the attacking midfielder.
Since then, Feghouli has opened his Premier League account for Slaven Bilic’s side after producing a sparkling display in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Feghouli broke the deadlock in the second half, after Michail Antonio rounded goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to fire across goal. Feghouli slid in to find the back of the net before Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini struck to earn three points.
Football Insider verdict:
With Italy international Simone Zaza leaving the club this month and fellow flop Jonathan Calleri expected to join him, Feghouli should be kept in east London as Bilic’s attacking options grow thinner. Dimitri Payet’s uncertain future in claret and blue is also another reason why should Feghouli stay, as he begins to give hope to the London Stadium faithful that he is capable of providing the form that saw him earn a move to the Premier League in the first place. Target man Andy Carroll’s return from injury could also aid Feghouli’s return to form, as his deadly crossing could be met by the England international’s wonderful aerial prowess and allow him to notch up multiple assists in the second half of the season.
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