West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been digesting the news that former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been appointed as the club’s new manager following the departure of David Moyes.
Former Everton and Manchester United chief Moyes left the London Stadium at the expiry of his contract last week, despite fulfilling the brief of keeping the East London outfit in the Premier League. But his contract wasn’t extended by the Hammers hierarchy, and instead they will be led by 64-year-old Pellegrini, who of course led City to the Premier League title back in 2014 to underline his credentials in English football’s top-flight.
Consequently, there are many excited West Ham fans in the Tavern at present, many of whom are wondering who the Chilean could seek to sign for their club this summer, which is why they are likely to be intrigued by reports linking them with a move for City’s Phil Foden.
And given the immense talent and potential the £4.5 million-rated wonderkid (as per Transfermarkt) possesses, the 17-year-old simply must be Pellegrini’s first signing at West Ham.
Ultimately, the midfielder shot to prominence in helping the England Under-17 win the Under-17’s World Cup last summer, with Foden winning the Golden Ball award to underline the part he played in helping the Three Lions achieve success in India.
And that paved the way for appearances in Pep Guardiola’s City team this season, with the 17-year-old earning ten senior appearances for the Premier League champions, three of which coming in the Champions League.
And the fact that he has been in and around the first team at the Etihad Stadium, a side worth many millions of pounds, emphasises just how bright a future the Englishman has got in the game, and indeed how highly he is rated by those behind the scenes at City.
Yet, it appears that regular football will be needed to aid Foden’s development, and while he is unlikely to get that at City, he certainly could at West Ham.
The Hammers struggled in the central midfield ranks this season with Cheikhou Kouyate often struggling for form and Pedro Obiang often injured – thus it’s clear that reinforcements are needed in that department to take them on another level under Pellegrini.
And the supremely talented Foden would definitely bolster those ranks and provide the new boss with another option in the middle of the park – Pellegrini will hope that his City connection can help him get a deal over the line for the 17-year-old.
Clearly, Foden is destined for big things in the game based on the early phase of his career, and in a West Ham side seeking to take another step forward next term under Pellegrini, he could flourish.
As such, with Pellegrini confirmed as the club’s new boss, he must seek to make Foden his first signing as Hammers chief.
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