West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at their football club following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as the new Hammers manager last month.
The ex-Manchester City boss replaces David Moyes in the London Stadium hotseat following the Scot’s departure at the expiration of his contract, this all despite leading the club to a 13th place finish in the Premier League last season. Nonetheless, the Hammers hierarchy opted against extending his stay in East London, and have instead drafted in Chilean Pellegrini, who of course led City to the Premier League title back in 2014.
As such, there are many optimistic and expectant West Ham fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be gutted by recent reports suggesting that Manuel Lanzini looks set to miss the entirety of the 2018/19 season.
The Argentina international sustained a knee ligament injury while away on duty with his country prior to this summer’s World Cup, and with the influential 25-year-old facing a lengthy time out with injury, the Hammers simply must ace fast to lure £18 million-rated ace Jack Wilshere (as per Transfermarkt) to East London.
Ultimately, Lanzini has been one of West Ham’s most important players in the last few years, stepping up in Dimitri Payet’s absence to score five goals and lay on nine assists for the Hammers last season, with his assist tally more than any other West Ham player last term.
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As such, Pellegrini will certainly have to replace the talented Argentine in the middle of the park, and soon-to-be free agent Wilshere ticks all the boxes after an encouraging campaign at Arsenal.
The 26-year-old appeared 38 times for the Gunners last term to record his most appearances in a season for the North London outfit since the 2010/11 campaign, perhaps suggesting that he is beginning to get over his recurrent injury concerns.
Yes, those worries will probably follow the England international everywhere he goes, but last season was promising for the midfielder as, not only did he come through it relatively unscathed, but he also showed genuine quality in the middle of the park to suggest that he may be getting back to his pre-injury heights.
Ultimately, Wilshere looked set to be England’s next big thing in the centre of midfield a few years ago before injury put pay to those chances, but at the relatively young age of 26, there is still time for the midfielder to go on and become the top-quality star his ability suggests he can be.
And with West Ham clearly in need of someone of that calibre to replace the hugely influential Lanzini, Wilshere could be that man, as the 26-year-old has a similar level of positional awareness and eye for a pass as the Argentine, and as such can pull the strings in Pellegrini’s side.
Thus, with Lanzini reportedly set to be out for the entirety of the 2018/19 season, West Ham must now make a crucial move for Wilshere in a bid to replace the influential Argentine this term.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!