West Ham Fans Embrace Paqueta as their Own: Island-Born Player Makes Historic Impact

West Ham Fans Embrace Paqueta as their Own: Island-Born Player Makes Historic Impact

…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.

Lucas Paqueta, born and raised on the small Paqueta Island in Rio de Janeiro, has captured the hearts of West Ham supporters during this historic season.

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Despite the geographical distance and cultural differences, fans have developed a deep affection for the player hailing from an island that spans less than half a square mile and prohibits motorized vehicles.

The irony was not lost when a popular banner at the recent match in Prague humorously read, “Just sold my car, to Lucas Paqueta,” acknowledging the irrelevance of cars in his island home.

In a moment that will be remembered for years to come, Lucas Paqueta played a pivotal role in West Ham’s recent victory.

His sensational pass in the 90th minute set up Jarrod Bowen to score what could be considered the club’s most celebrated goal in over four decades.

The assist showcased Paqueta’s exceptional skills, with a precise and perfectly weighted pass.

The difficulty of the execution was magnified by a narrow window of opportunity, as the ball unexpectedly ricocheted off Sofyan Amrabat.

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Paqueta’s quick thinking and impeccable timing allowed him to spot Bowen’s run and deliver the killer ball just in time.

Any delay would have resulted in an offside call or interception by an opposing player.

Paqueta’s Impact on West Ham’s Midfield

Building a Team around the Brazilian Talent

Lucas Paqueta’s arrival at West Ham was not anticipated a year ago when David Moyes was planning a squad rebuild.

However, circumstances worked in the club’s favor, and they secured Paqueta’s services for a significant fee, potentially reaching £51 million.

Although initially struggling to settle, the tenacious Brazilian has proven to be a player with immense potential and qualities that go beyond physicality and spirit.

In recent months, as Declan Rice’s departure looms, Paqueta has emerged as the player around whom West Ham should construct their midfield.

Uncertain Future and Paqueta’s Versatility

Shaping West Ham’s Midfield and Replacing Rice

The departure of Declan Rice will necessitate a restructuring of West Ham’s midfield, likely involving multiple signings.

Paqueta has demonstrated his versatility by playing in various roles this season.

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Initially deployed as a traditional number 10, he struggled to find his place within a team that did not prioritize retaining possession in the final third.

Experimentation with a deeper role alongside Rice proved fruitful, but limited his attacking involvement.

The recent adoption of a 4-3-3 formation has allowed Paqueta to thrive as a box-to-box player, excelling in transition.

It is in this system that West Ham’s midfield is expected to evolve, with Paqueta as a vital component.

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