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Opinion: West Ham’s current crop of players are reaping the rewards of Pellegrini’s appointment

Opinion: West Ham’s current crop of players are reaping the rewards of Pellegrini’s appointment

West Ham made it three Premier League wins on the bounce over the weekend after they beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at the London Stadium.

The Hammers’ recent victory follows their 3-1 win against Cardiff City and 3-0 triumph away at Newcastle United with the team now truly flourishing under manager Manuel Pellegrini after doubts about the Chilean’s appointment earlier in the season.

Pellegrini’s tenure at the club got off to a poor start with West Ham losing their first four Premier League games of the campaign as some criticised the football the 65-year-old was trying to implement, seeing it as unrealistic given the quality of players he is working with.

However, Pellegrini has since proven those critics wrong with West Ham now not only winning games, but also doing so in a very entertaining way.

The east London club have scored nine goals in their last three outings with the likes of Javier Hernandez and club-record signing Felipe Anderson thriving under the former Manchester City boss.

The former, in particular, alongside others in the squad including Declan Rice and Robert Snodgrass, looks like a much better player compared to last year, showing the extent of how good Pellegrini’s coaching has been since he arrived at the London Stadium.

Given the style of football he was looking to install among other factors such as embedding a bunch of new signings, it was always going to take a while for West Ham to get going under Pellegrini. Patience was needed and, having been given that by owners David Gold and David Sullivan, Pellegrini is now delivering.

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