Not many at West Ham United would have known what to have expected from Samir Nasri when he arrived in January. It would have been safe to assume that it would have been a relatively low risk to hand him a short-term deal and see what he could offer the club in the second half of this season’s Premier League campaign.
And, boy, has the former France international impressed with his performances. Obviously, teaming up with his former Manchester City manager is something that has helped him fit in as easily as possible, however, Manuel Pellegrini appears to be remaining coy on the player’s future at the London Stadium.
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Speaking in his pre-match press conference, (via Football.London), ahead of their game against Everton at the weekend, Pellegrini was asked about whether Nasri had done himself to earn a new deal.
However, the manager answered the question by stating that they were not concerned with looking too far ahead and were concentrating on the present and the task at hand.
“We are not looking at next season at this moment, that is why I won’t talk about not only Nasri but any other players,” he said, before adding: “We will decide the squad for next season after this one.”
Going based on the performances he has produced for the Hammers already this season, it would be extremely difficult for West Ham not to look to try and tie him down to a longer-term deal – even if it were for just another year.
Nasri played a key role in the match against Huddersfield Town prior to the international break, as he made the difference and helped to change the game into their favour after a disastrous hour of football.
He showed glimpses of his former self with his performance with the balls he delivered to his team-mates at times and showed that he could still run past players and create opportunities, whilst his display against Arsenal in January is not likely to be forgotten by many at the London Stadium too soon.
Admittedly, there will have to be some concerns regarding his fitness as injuries have already taken their toll on him, although the 18-month ban he had from football will have likely played a role in that.
The 31-year-old offers Pellegrini’s side an extra dimension in the midfield and seems to be an ideal fit in solving the problem of a lack of creativity from the middle third of the pitch, which should make it clear to those at West Ham that he needs to be offered a new deal at the end of the season.
West Ham fans, would you want to see Nasri extend his stay at the London Stadium? Or do you think the club should look elsewhere and let him depart? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.
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