With West Ham finally kicking off their season with recent Premier League victories over Everton and Manchester United, the club seem to be heading in the right direction under Manuel Pellegrini. So, with that in mind, under the Chilean’s guidance, we look at how the East London club could shape up in years to come.
A look to the future
Łukasz Fabiański, 33, has been enjoying some of the finest form of his life in recent years, at Swansea, and now West Ham. He may make way in the next few seasons, however, leaving a void to be filled by none other than Leeds stopper, Bailey Peacock-Farrell. At 21-years-of-age, and enjoying a similar vein of form, don’t be surprised to see him linked with Premier League clubs in the future.
Aaron Cresswell is a touch of quality on the left-hand side of the pitch, offering both defensive work and attacking clout. At 28, there’s no reason why he couldn’t follow in the footsteps of his fellow full-back, Pablo Zabaleta, and keep playing at the highest level into his 30’s.
The new signing from Toulouse, Issa Diop, looks a real player in the centre-back position, and having been recently hailed by Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, for his ability and commanding style of play, the sky is the limit for the 21-year-old.
Few new man Balbuena, also known as the ‘general’ by fans, lives up to his name on the pitch and has put in a number of strong performances . The Paraguayan, at only 28-years-old, has the best years ahead of him as a defensive player and should feature in the starting XI for years to come.
Englishman, Ryan Fredericks, occupies the right-back spot in our future lineup. Known for his blistering speed and ability to put the ball into the box, Fredericks offers the perfect replacement for the ageing Pablo Zabaleta.
In defensive midfield, there is no other option than Mr Declan Rice. The youngster, who was handed his first game time by ex-manager David Moyes, has really come into his own this season and is showing why he is the subject of an ‘international tug of war‘ between England and Ireland. Calm and collected when playing the ball, whilst offering strong defensive work, Rice looks like a quality player who’s only going to get better. Felipe Anderson has shown why he deserves the title of West Ham’s ‘record signing’, in recent games.
A speedster, with exceptional ability on the ball, we expect Anderson’s game to really progress in East London. Mark Noble has been a great servant to the club, but, at 31, there’s doubts over whether he’ll be playing a pivotal role at the club in the next five years.
Instead, West Ham could offer Jack Wilshere the chance, who has recently moved to the club in an attempt to revive his career. We all know of the quality the midfielder possesses, but with injuries consistently hampering his time on the pitch, the question remains over whether he will ever come to fulfil his potential.
Elsewhere, Nathan Holland, 20, looks to be another big talent coming out of the infamous West Ham youth setup. Capable of playing on both sides of the pitch, he is recognised as a dynamic player who offers both attacking and creative options.
Rounding off the team is Xande Silva, the 21-year-old starlet, who is on fire this season for the u23s having scored 5 goals in 6 appearances, after recently joining from Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimaraes. Upon arrival, Silva stated: “I am a technical player and I am very fast. I will give West Ham 100 per cent on the pitch every time I play”. With that kind of ability and confidence, we expect the forward to have no problems breaking into the first team.
If this is indeed the case, West Ham fans can be hugely excited.
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