West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League season following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as the club’s new manager last month.
The Chilean was confirmed as David Moyes’ successor back in May after the Scot left the London Stadium at the expiration of his contract, this all despite leading the Hammers to a 13th place finish in the Premier League. However, the club’s hierarchy decided against extending his deal and instead drafted in former Manchester City chief Pellegrini, who returns to English football just four years after leading the Citizens to the Premier League title.
As such, there are many positive West Ham fans in the Tavern at present, although they have unsurprisingly not been reacting well to the news that Manuel Lanzini has suffered a nasty ACL injury away on international duty with Argentina.
And with the midfielder set to miss between six and 12 months, Pellegrini must seek to fill the void left by the 25-year-old, a hole which could be filled by £16.2 million-rated ace Mario Gotze (as per Transfermarkt), who has recently been linked with the Hammers.
Ultimately, Lanzini has proven to be one of West Ham’s most influential players in the last few years, especially since the departure of Dimitri Payet back in January 2017, with the Argentina international scoring five goals and laying on nine assists for the East London club in all competitions last season.
And with only Marko Arnautovic (11 goals, eight assists) bettering Lanzini in terms of both goals and assists last term, it’s clear how integral the 25-year-old is to this Hammers side, and as such how much of a miss he will be come the start of the 2018/19 season.
And Pellegrini will without doubt have to fill that void, and Gotze could be the man to do just that.
Ultimately, while the German World Cup winner has not enjoyed the best of times in recent years, the 26-year-old proved to be one of the most exciting attacking talents in Europe during his first stint at Borussia Dortmund, thus earning him a move to fellow Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich back in 2013.
And while he has since returned to Dortmund, Gotze still managed 36 goals and 24 assists in 114 appearances for Bayern, and so didn’t exactly flop for the European heavyweights during his time at the Allianz Arena.
Thus, it’s clear that the Germany international has incredible ability in the final third of the pitch, and may need a move away for a fresh start to finally get his career back on track – West Ham could give him that chance.
And with a move to the London Stadium arguably exactly what the 26-year-old himself needs, and Pellegrini’s side also need someone of the calibre of Gotze to replace the injured Lanzini, it’s a deal which would certainly benefit all parties involved were it to happen this summer.
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