West Ham United’s 3-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday evening was again a sign of the inconsistency the club has been playing with this season.
A win over Arsenal two weeks ago has been overshadowed by a FA Cup defeat to AFC Wimbledon last weekend before surrendering to Nuno Espirito Santo’s men at Molineux.
And these two defeats have again put pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini as he continues to struggle with finding and building his ideal starting lineup.
But one player that the former Manchester City manager should highly consider making a regular starter is centre-forward Lucas Perez.
Pellegrini’s decision to partner Michail Antonio with Marko Arnautovic on Tuesday backfired completely and the Hammers lacked creativity going forward.
Perez, though, has proved in the couple of games he’s featured this season that he offers a bit more variety as a striker and if played as a wide attacker, he can be quite lethal to opposition teams.
But, Perez had reportedly (as per Sky Sports) been on the radar of German side Schalke though a move failed to materialise, so this could prove to be a second chance for the former Arsenal man over in East London.
He has particularly formed a good combination with Felipe Anderson on the left flank of the field and the pair had a good run of form in the games they played together.
A lack of game-time and some injury trouble have halted the former Arsenal player’s fight to break into the first-team and claim his place as a striker.
Given West Ham’s recent form, the time could be ideal for Pellegrini to do exactly that and let Perez show his worth over the course of a few matches and hopefully bring the club some success.
He could also be just the player Arnautovic needs next to him to improve his own form in front of goal.
Together, Perez and Arnautovic could bring some attacking consistency to Pellegrini’s team, which could see the club break into the top ten of the Premier League before the end of the season.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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