Having been their club’s best player last season and by some distance, no West Ham supporter would have seen what is currently happening with Marko Arnautovic coming.
In recent weeks, the 29-year-old has found himself on the periphery following a failed transfer to China in a development that could now see him push for another move come the end of the season.
According to the Daily Mail, Arnautovic has grown frustrated with life on the bench and is now likely to seek a move away from the east London side in the summer, though Pellegrini should think twice before giving his approval over any potential sell.
Given everything that has happened, freezing out Arnautovic is understandable. However, going forward, Pellegrini should look to reintegrate the Austrian with West Ham unlikely to find a No.9 with his qualities so easily.
Before the January transfer window and throughout the last campaign, Arnautovic was so efficient when it came to leading that West Ham line.
He held up the ball well, terrorised defenders with his strength and skill and was deadly in front of goal.
Ultimately, if the Austria international’s heart is set on China, then there might not be anything the Hammers can do. But if that is not the case and his spot back in the starting XI is enough to keep him content, then Pellegrini has to give Arnautovic that and not sanction a sell.
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