It’s been an up and down season so far for West Ham, filled with the highs of beating Manchester United 3-1 and the lows of losing 1-0 to Brighton the following game.
However, with Manuel Pellegrini – a title-winning manager – at the helm, the future is certainly looking brighter than it did under David Moyes. The Chilean has brought in a number of new faces – such as record signing Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop, Andriy Yarmolenko, and Fabian Balbuena – in an attempt to revitalise a squad who were pushing for a place in Europe just a few seasons ago.
With West Ham’s transformation in full flow, we look at some players that may have to leave this January…
Lucas Perez’s attitude and inflated sense of self-worth are odd considering the very slight impact he’s had on the two teams he’s turned out for so far in the Premier League, Arsenal and West Ham. The Spaniard was recently embroiled in controversy when he seemingly refused to warm up as a substitute in the Hammers game against Manchester United.
The spat has been played off as a logistical misunderstanding, but from a viewers perspective, it certainly didn’t look that way.
Despite only recently signing a 3-year contract, Perez could turn out to be one of those mistakes that the club would like to forget sooner rather than later.
Reece Oxford was the name on everybody’s lips when he turned out against Arsenal in his debut at the tender age of 16. Since then he’s been on loan to German club Borussia Monchengladbach, and very sporadically featured in the West Ham first team.
Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a situation where we’re asking the question ‘was it too much too soon?’ for the young Englishman. And there is a very palpable concern that the arrival of new man Issa Diop will reduce the number of minutes Oxford sees in the senior squad this season.
His move away may not be permanent, as he’s only recently signed 3-year contract, however another loan spell in Germany could prove to be extremely beneficial, and with Borussia Monchengladbach showing interest earlier this year, it certainly isn’t out of the question that he may look to Germany as an option come January.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!