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Tony Cottee: West Ham have some outstanding wide players

Manuel Pellegrini has wasted no time in the transfer window this summer, with West Ham recently confirming the signing of Pablo Fornals from Villarreal.

The 23-year-old joins the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko in what is shaping up to be a very deadly attack at the London Stadium, and one former Hammer has been quick to highlight just that. You can have a look at what he has had to say in this instalment of our Pundit’s Choice feature.

“Most importantly on Fornals, he’s a young player who has been playing at a high level in Spain and he’s an attacking midfielder, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he slots in,” Tony Cottee told West Ham’s official club website.

“We’ve got some outstanding midfield players and we’ve got some outstanding wide players as well, so the manager will have plenty of options,” the Sky Sports pundit added.

And if last season is anything to go by, it is pretty hard to disagree with Cottee here. Anderson, for instance, was exceptional for the Hammers.

He carried such a threat in attack with his pace and direct dribbling, averaging 2.1 dribbles per game in the Premier League. To put that into perspective, only Adama Traore (2.2), Nathan Redmond (2.4), Raheem Sterling (2.4), Wilfried Zaha (3.4) and Eden Hazard (3.7) averaged more (as per WhoScored).

With 1.8, he also averaged more key passes per game than any other West Ham player with the exception of Robert Snodgrass (also 1.8), displaying the sort of creativity he has brought to the team. The season prior, Manuel Lanzini’s 1.5 was the highest.

In Cottee’s words, West Ham have got some outstanding wide players with Anderson arguably the pick of the bunch.

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Tony Cottee: West Ham have some outstanding wide players
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