West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to the news that David Moyes is no longer manager at the London Stadium, having seen him leave at the expiration of his contract.
The Scot replaced the sacked Slaven Bilic as Hammers chief back in November with the East London outfit slumped in the Premier League’s bottom three, and while they flirted with the drop for much of the campaign, Moyes did indeed lead them to safety and in the end the relative security of 13th place in the table. However, the West Ham hierarchy decided against renewing his contract and as such the former Everton and Manchester United boss left the club earlier this week, prompting the search for a new manager to begin.
And recent reports coming out of Chile suggest that former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini could well take over at the London Stadium, just two years after leaving the Etihad Stadium.
And were the 64-year-old to indeed take over at West Ham, he must seek to re-sign £4.5 million-rated midfield ace Yaya Toure (as per Transfermarkt), whom he worked with to great effect during his three-year reign at the Etihad between 2013 and 2016.
35-year-old Toure is out of contract at City after eight years and a huge amount of success at Eastlands, with the Ivory Coast international appearing over 300 times for the Citizens, helping them to three Premier League titles, two League Cup crowns, and an FA Cup triumph.
And it was under Pellegrini in their title-winning campaign of 2014 that Toure was arguably the best midfielder in the country, with him scoring 20 goals in just 35 Premier League appearances to inspire City to the title, before backing that up with ten the season after as they finished second behind Chelsea.
Thus, Pellegrini clearly knew how to get the best out of Toure during their time working together at City, and with the 35-year-old out of contract and Pellegrini potentially set to return to England at West Ham, a reunion should be sought.
The Hammers somewhat struggled in the midfield department this season, with Cheikhou Kouyate often out of form and Pedro Obiang often out injured – Mark Noble performed consistently well during the campaign, but more is needed in that area to take the club forward.
And while Toure is in the twilight of his career, he could still do a job for the East London club in the middle of the park, be it his industry and combativeness in breaking up play, or indeed his ability to maraud forward and help launch attacks.
Yes, there will be obvious concerns given his age and the lack of football he played this season, but even last term Toure proved his worth to Pep Guardiola’s City with key goals against Crystal Palace alongside strikes against Hull City, West Ham, and West Brom – ultimately, he still has genuine quality at Premier League level.
And having worked so well under Pellegrini at City in the past, a reunion at West Ham, should the Chilean take over at the London Stadium, could be seriously beneficial for the Hammers in their quest to move to the next level next time round.
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