Kylian Mbappé has set West Ham fans’ hearts aflutter by insisting that his lifelong dream is to play for the London club. The Frenchman’s East End-born grandfather was a season ticket holder for decades at the Boleyn Ground.
“Wonderful player,” David Moyes told Soccer on Sunday. “It’s just whether Kylian fits the profile for what we’re building here. On paper he doesn’t, so I’d have to say ‘no’ if he was offered to me. Maybe if the lad works on tracking back, defending corners, slide-tackling — those kinds of things. But at the moment it’s a hard ‘no’.”
“I’m not singling Kylian out,” said the Scot. “It’s a ‘no’ to Messi too, and the boy Ronaldo. There’s more to football than goals and assists. Can these players charge down a shot with their face, only to take the rebound in their testicles and still have the presence of mind to break quickly?”
“I dare say they can’t,” added Moyes. “So again, it’s a ‘no’ unfortunately.”