West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the new era at the London Stadium following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as the club’s new manager last month.
The Chilean replaces David Moyes in the Hammers hotseat following the Scot’s departure at the end of last season, this all despite leading the East London outfit to a 13th place finish in the Premier League. Nonetheless, the club’s hierarchy decided against extending his stint as manager and have instead drafted in former Manchester City boss Pellegrini, who of course led the Citizens to the Premier League title during his spell as manager at the Etihad Stadium.
As such, there are many excited and expectant West Ham fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are looking around the transfer window for possible additions that could seriously benefit their side next season, with a central midfielder of particular interest.
Ultimately, the 28-year-old has endured a testing time at Stamford Bridge since his move there last summer, with the England international mustering just 22 appearances for Antonio Conte’s side last term, of which only 12 were starts.
And with just three Premier League appearances in 2018, even if injury did play a part in his struggles late on, it’s clear that the former Leicester City man is way down the pecking order at the West London outfit, to the point that he will reportedly be let go by Chelsea this summer.
As such, Pellegrini’s West Ham must be ready to pounce, as the arrival of Drinkwater would go some way to bolstering their flagging central midfield ranks ahead of the new season.
Clearly, that department was a cause for concern for much of the 2017/18 campaign, with Cheikhou Kouyate often out of form and Pedro Obiang often out injured – Mark Noble deserves credit for his efforts, but more is needed if the Hammers are to move up the division.
And while Drinkwater hasn’t proven his worth to Chelsea, one mustn’t forget that the 28-year-old played a vital part in helping Leicester win the Premier League title back in 2016 to underline his capabilities at top-flight level – he also has three England caps to his name after all.
And landing the midfield enforcer this summer would give West Ham extra strength and industry in the middle of the park, thus allowing the likes of Marko Arnautovic to play with greater freedom just ahead in the final third of the pitch.
Thus, with Drinkwater reportedly available this summer, the Hammers must seek to make a move that could finally solve their glaring midfield problem.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!