West Ham United could do with adding some reinforcements to their midfield this summer as they have struggled with injuries throughout a campaign that never really got going as well as many would have initially hoped for.
Despite a solid start to Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure at the club, inconsistencies took their toll on the squad and hindered any chance they had of finishing higher than the mid-table position that they look set to take.
However, Dani Ceballos has been recently linked with a move to the London Stadium recently as the Hammers may plot another attempt at trying to land an ambitious signing (or two) when the upcoming transfer window opens.
But, the possibility of the Real Madrid man arriving could throw Samir Nasri’s future at the Hammers into doubt.
Which nicely leads us in to having a look at the duo closely and seeing who would come out on top in one of our transfer battles.
Let the contest commence!
As mentioned, The Mirror have linked Ceballos with a potential summer switch to West Ham recently in a move that would certainly raise some eyebrows. However, if there is any truth to the rumour, then it is one the Hammers must seriously look to act upon.
Pellegrini is thought to be a big fan of the player, whilst Mario Husillos (the director of football) believes the midfielder could fit in well into the side. The Spain international is said to be surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu and could be available for £18million, which has put the Hammers on alert.
A versatile midfielder, Ceballos can be rather reliable in the deeper areas of the field with his defensive capabilities as he is a strong tackler, whilst he can also be utilised further forward. He has an exceptional passing ability when playing the ball to his team-mates, whilst his finishing has started to improve as he plays more regularly. He is comfortable on the ball as the Spaniard likes to dribble with it at his feet, whilst he can also be quite safe in possession.
He will have obtained a winning mentality having played for Real Madrid for a couple of seasons, despite them being a rather torrid time, and that could hugely benefit West Ham in the future as the Hammers quite clearly lack stars in their side who have managed to have a taste of winning a trophy.
TT Grade: A
Nasri was brought to the club in the winter to try and provide them with some additional creativity, however, he has not exactly set the London Stadium alight with his performances in his six-month spell. That has left doubts about whether he will be rewarded with an extended deal, as have the three separate calf injuries he has sustained.
He has made just six appearances for West Ham in 2019 and although he has contributed some solid performances in the Claret and Blue against his former club Arsenal and Huddersfield Town, he has not been able to do it consistently enough which makes his reported £80,000-a-week contract rather expensive.
The 31-year-old has all the attributes to make the Hammers an extremely attacking side and give them the added dimension they are clearly lacking in midfield when it comes to going forward, however, fitness concerns must surely be at the forefront of their minds when thinking about the former France international.
Pellegrini will know him better than anyone else following their time at Manchester City together, where Nasri played a huge role, but it might be time for the club to admit this little project has not had the desired effect.
TT Grade: B+
The Nasri project clearly has not provided the dividends that West Ham and Manuel Pellegrini would have initially hoped it would and it might be best to consider cutting ties with the former France international this summer.
With the rumours surrounding a move for Ceballos being floated about at the moment, the Real Madrid man would have to be considered a huge upgrade on him and one Husillos should look to bring to the London Stadium as soon as possible.
For that reason, the Spaniard wins this particular transfer battle.
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