West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League season following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as the new Hammers manager last month.
The Chilean replaced David Moyes in the London Stadium hotseat in May following the Scot’s departure at the expiration of his contract, this all despite leading the East London club away from Premier League relegation, eventually finishing in 13th place last term. Nonetheless, the club’s hierarchy decided against extending Moyes’ stay as West Ham boss, and they have instead drafted in former Manchester City chief Pellegrini, who of course led the Citizens to the Premier League title back in 2014.
As such, there are many positive and expectant West Ham fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be interested by recent reports linking their club with a move for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, who is out of contract at the end of the month.
And while the 26-year-old would likely be a useful addition to Pellegrini’s squad, the Hammers should forget about the England international, and instead seek to lure £22.5 million-rated ace William Carvalho (as per Transfermarkt) to the London Stadium.
Ultimately, while there is no doubting the ability Wilshere has, injuries have decimated his career to date, with the Englishman exceeding 30 appearances in a season just once in his last five campaigns.
Yes, the 26-year-old shrugged off injury concerns by turning out 38 times for Arsenal last season, but those injury worries will always linger and follow the England international everywhere – even on a free, it’s surely a big risk for West Ham to take as they seek the midfield reinforcements needed to challenge for a top half finish.
Whereas no such risks would be taken by landing Carvalho, who could provide the West Ham side with the strength and industry that it severely lacked at times in the 2017/18 season.
Cheikhou Kouyate didn’t enjoy the best of campaigns while Pedro Obiang spent the majority of the season out injured, leaving the consistent Mark Noble as the main central midfielder at the club.
And while the Englishman did well for the most part, the Hammers simply need more in that midfield area if they are to move to the next level this term, and Carvalho would certainly give them that.
The 26-year-old has sought to terminate his contract at Sporting following the recent attacks on the players from the club’s supporters, thus opening the door for the Hammers to do a deal for the Portugal international 12 months on from trying to land the midfielder.
As such, while Wilshere’s arrival would likely be a useful one, they should forget about the injury-prone midfielder, and instead do all they can to bring Portugal’s Carvalho to the London Stadium.
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