The West ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted to hear that Manuel Pellegrini has agreed to replace David Moyes at the helm this summer ahead of the new season.
According to reports from the BBC, the former Manchester City boss has agreed to join the Hammers on a 3-year contract after Rafa Benitez indicated his desire to remain with the Magpies. Considering his experience in English football, the supporters are unsurprisingly feeling optimistic about the future under his leadership, although they appreciate his task will be completely different to the one he faced at the Etihad Stadium.
Earlier on Monday, the Daily Telegraph claimed that Pellegrini was set to hold discussions with West Ham regarding the vacant role and that the club’s chances of signing Yaya Toure would increase following his arrival. The idea of Toure following his former manager to West Ham is certainly a romantic one, but it is not necessarily in the best interests of the club.
Not only would Toure command an extortionate salary, his history at City suggests he could become an unwelcome distraction off the pitch if he became remotely disillusioned with his position at the club, so Pellegrini should instead target a talent for the future who could bolster West Ham’s attacking midfield options, namely Patrick Roberts.
The 21-year-old right-winger has spent the past two and a half years on loan at Celtic, but after winning 5 trophies in Scotland it’s unlikely he will extend his stay there. Roberts’ expressed his personal desire to challenge himself outside of his comfort zone recently according to Sky Sports News, and a move to West Ham would certainly represent a step up in class from the level he has become accustomed to at Celtic.
With the ability to drift inside onto his left-foot and slice defences apart with his twinkle-toed dribbling technique and precise passing, Roberts would be a huge addition to a squad which was severely lacking flair and creativity throughout the entirety of the previous campaign. Pellegrini will have plenty of key decisions to make on his return to English football, and bringing Roberts to the London Stadium would certainly represent a wise one ahead of the new season.
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