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Miguel Veloso should be on West Ham United’s radar already

Miguel Veloso should be on West Ham United’s radar already

West Ham are the only team in the Premier League who are yet to register a point after four games this season.

The Hammers are rooted to the bottom of the table following four straight losses under Manuel Pellegrini’s guidance. West Ham were soundly beaten on the opening day of the season and also tasted defeat against Bournemouth and Arsenal before Adama Traore netted in injury time to give Wolves all three points at the London Stadium. Their dismal start to the new campaign has piled the pressure on Pellegrini, but reports suggest the Chilean’s job is not in danger, yet.

It’s clear that the former Manchester City manager needs to address his side’s defensive problems if they are to halt their slide. The Hammers have conceded ten goals already this season, and their weakness was exposed again by Wolves. Carlos Sanchez gave the ball away in his own-half before Aaron Cresswell was beaten far too easily by Traore. Using the 4-2-3-1 system, they have looked vulnerable; Pellegrini needs to revert to a 4-3-3 formation ahead of their trip to Everton.

Despite the transfer window being closed, West Ham should consider signing former Sporting Lisbon midfielder – Miguel Veloso. Valued at £2.25m by Transfermarkt, the former Portugal international is available on a free after leaving Genoa. He made 22 appearances in the Serie A during his final season in Italy.

Veloso was once considered one of the top midfielders emerging from his country and has still gone on to win titles in both Ukraine and Portugal. At 32-years-old, his career is nearing the end, but he could still have something to offer the Hammers. Veloso averaged 1.8 tackles per game last season – only Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble averaged more – meaning he would add some much-needed protection to their fragile back four (WhoScored).

Available for nothing, Veloso could be the man Pellegrini needs to turn his season around.

West Ham fans, thoughts?

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