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West Ham must build on season of progress in summer transfer window

West Ham must build on season of progress in summer transfer window

West Ham are ninth in the Premier League and their fans are seeing some of the best football in a long time, but their owners must back Manuel Pellegrini again this summer if he’s to take West Ham into Europe.

The Hammers’ summer brought optimism to the London Stadium after the shambles of the previous campaign, bringing in a Premier League-winning manager and spending over £94 million (via TransferMarkt). Despite a very wobbly start, West Ham are pushing for a spot in the Europa League to take them to the next level.

Premier League clubs in the top half of the table must spend money to stay there and shouldn’t rest on their laurels when they’re flying high. Newcastle, Burnley and of course Leicester all know how it feels to be the victim of their own success in recent years. They didn’t invest enough in the following summer and found themselves being taken over by clubs who didn’t stagnate.

West Ham could face the departure of their star forward Marco Arnautovic while they also need to add depth to a squad containing a mix of youthful talent and dwindling flames like Pablo Zabaleta and Mark Noble. The owners stepped up last summer, they must do so again this year.

Pellegrini knows how he wants to play and that should make it easier for targets to be identified and slotted into the first team ahead of next term. A club playing in a 66,000-capacity stadium in England’s capital should be a very attractive option for any player who can’t quite make a top-six side yet, and West Ham should capitalise on this.

The size of the club and its fanbase should demand success and it’s been far too long since West Ham challenged for domestic cups. This summer, the owners must back their manager once again to deliver on the promise made when they left Upton Park.

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