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.
The Chilean replaced David Moyes in the London Stadium hotseat last month following the Scot’s departure 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 stay in East London and instead drafted in former Manchester City chief Pellegrini, who of course led the Citizens to the league title back in 2014, as well as two League Cup triumphs during his time at the Etihad Stadium.
As such, there are many optimistic and expectant Hammers supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be interested in recent reports linking their club with a move for Jack Wilshere.
And with Manuel Lanzini facing time out of the side due to injury, Pellegrini will surely be looking to fill that void, but the answer is not in £18 million-rated Wilshere (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, the influential Lanzini suffered a serious knee injury on duty with Argentina ahead of this summer’s World Cup, with reports suggesting that he could be out for any time between six and 12 months.
And given how integral he has been to the Hammers side in the last few years, not least since Dimitri Payet left to re-join Marseille in January 2017, Pellegrini will certainly have to replace him this summer, as a West Ham side without Lanzini is a significantly weaker side.
However, they should opt against Wilshere as the ideal replacement, as he himself has suffered too many injuries over the years to suggest that he will consistently produce the goods in the Argentine’s absence.
The England international appeared more times for Arsenal last season than any of his previous five campaigns at the Emirates Stadium, with his 38 appearances in all competitions the most he has managed since the 49 he mustered in the 2010/11 campaign.
That itself must be of concern to Pellegrini and indeed the West Ham faithful, and with just one goal and three assists in the Premier League last season, he has hardly shown to be capable of replicating Lanzini’s contributions in the Hammers side this term.
Thus, while Wilshere would add a depth to the West Ham squad, he simply isn’t the answer to the Lanzini conundrum.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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