West Ham fans in the Transfer Tavern are excited after the club announced that Manuel Pellegrini would be their new manager and our punters reckon he is the man to return the club to the top half of the Premier League.
The Chilean left Chinese club Hebei China Fortune to return to the Premier League where he enjoyed plenty of success in the past. The 64-year-old has previously managed Real Madrid and Villarreal before joining Manchester City. There, he guided the Citizens to the Premier League title in his first season in charge and left the club with the fifth highest win percentage in Premier League history.
His City side holds the record for the most goals scored in a Premier League season and a lot of their success can be attributed to their wing-backs. Indeed, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Aleksandr Kolarov’s overlapping runs were key to City’s goalscoring exploits. To replicate the system with the Hammers, they must sign a marauding full-back to compliment Pellegrini’s system.
One man they would be foolish to overlook is Schalke’s, Daniel Caligiuri. He arrived at the club from Wolfsburg in January 2017 but failed to impress during his debut season. This season, however, he has been one of their best players. Operating from a right wing-back role, the Italian has notched 11 assists in all competitions and finished in WhoScored’s Bundesliga team of the season with an average rating of 7.6.
Valued at just £4.5m by Transfermarkt, Caligiuri would be the perfect fit under Pellegrini. Compared to Pablo Zabaleta, the 30-year-old has averaged more key passes, crosses, dribbles as well as more tackles and interceptions than the Argentine according to WhoScored.
This one is a no-brainer for the Hammers.
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