West Ham confirmed the signing of free agent Samir Nasri yesterday with the Frenchman able to prove his fitness after weeks of training with the east London club.
And while he may not be up to speed yet in most departments, the 31-year-old could still end up making his debut for his new club as early as tomorrow.
According to the Daily Mail, Manuel Pellegrini could be forced to chuck Nasri straight into the West Ham starting XI due to an injury crisis within the squad.
Pellegrini is already without the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko and Javier Hernandez when it comes to attacking options, making any potential first-team inclusion for Nasri a logical one.
Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass have performed exceptionally well in recent weeks but, with the predicament West Ham are currently in, Pellegrini will want to avoid either of the two picking up an injury or burning out as a result of this hectic part of the season.
Furthermore, bringing £5.4m-rated (Transfermarkt) Nasri into the side to replace Anderson or Snodgrass or even join them if Pellegrini wants to take a cautious approach with Marko Arnautovic following his hamstring problem, could be a wise move.
Whatever the case, rotation could now be key for Pellegrini if West Ham’s season is not to end in total collapse.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!