West Ham United have been plagued by injuries this season which has arguably cost the side a chance of competing for European football, as they have contributed to a lack of options for Manuel Pellegrini to choose from.
The summer will provide the Hammers with a fresh start, as a number of their players are likely to return from lengthy injuries and it seems the manager could be about to give one experienced international the chance to fight for his place at the London Stadium.
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According to a report by Football.London, Winston Reid is set to be given a chance by Pellegrini to save his career at West Ham.
The New Zealand international has been dogged by injuries this season and has not been able to feature for the Hammers at all.
He has returned to training over the last few months and it seems Pellegrini is prepared to give him a chance to impress during pre-season.
Reid has been unfortunate with injuries over the last couple of seasons, however, when fit, he has been one of the mainstays in the first-team as West Ham have battled bravely against relegation in the past.
If he can prove his fitness and show what he can bring to the club in training sessions, Pellegrini could have an excellent squad player available to him and one that can provide depth, although it is unlikely he will have a starting spot in the team moving forward.
With Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena both proving to be rather solid acquisitions last summer and Angelo Ogbonna being a reliable back up when injuries have arisen, Reid could find it extremely difficult to show that he is deserving of a place in the starting XI.
However, his first battle is going to have to be finally getting over his knee troubles. If he is not able to do that, it would not be a surprise if the Hammers did try and move him on in the summer before Pellegrini even has the chance to see him in action.
West Ham fans, do you think Reid will be able to impress Pellegrini and earn a stay of execution this summer? Or do you think that ship has sailed and the club should look to offload him as soon as possible? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.
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