West Ham United have had a rather successful season in the grand scheme of things when you consider the number of changes (and injuries!) that the club undertook in the summer. Manuel Pellegrini’s first season in charge of the London Stadium outfit was always going to be difficult to predict, but you would have to be pretty happy with things in general.
However, the summer will present the Chilean with the opportunity to make the changes he deems necessary over a season in charge of the club and it appears he has already been working swiftly to bring in new faces.
What’s the News?
Turkish media outlet Super Haber are claiming West Ham are on the verge of sealing a deal with Besiktas for midfielder Gary Medel, although there is no word about what the transfer fee could possibly be.
The 31-year-old, who has been capped 118 times by the Chile national side, has been on the Hammers’ radar for a while, with reports circulating in the winter about the Premier League’s interest in the midfield general.
West Ham have been chasing Medel for what seems to be an eternity and it appears that Pellegrini will finally be able to land his target in the summer.
The Chilean already has experience of playing in the Premier League, having featured for Cardiff City and looked to play an impressive role, despite the Bluebird’s relegation in the 2013/14 campaign.
The Hammers have looked poor defensively at times when it comes down to the middle areas of the field, however, whether Medel is the type of player that they should be looking to bring in is questionable as there are doubts about whether he will be able to help the club go to the next level.
He may be a good passer of the ball and psychically tough, however, that can sometimes get him into trouble, as his discipline is something that leaves plenty to be desired. Although his love of a tackle is admirable, he has the tendency to pick up a number of yellow cards throughout a campaign and could end up missing a number of games through suspension.
Another question that many would be forgiven asking is whether Medel would be any better than the options that the club already have. With the likes of Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang already in the squad, it would be difficult to see the Chilean being much better than them.
Also, does a transfer for the experienced midfield-general also match the ambition West Ham are supposedly trying to show? It would be hard to suggest he does.
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