West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at their football club following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as David Moyes’ successor.
Former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes left the London Stadium at the expiration of his contract last month despite leading the club to a 13th place finish in the Premier League, a far cry away from the mess he inherited back in November. However, the club’s hierarchy decided against extending his stay in charge and instead have drafted in ex-Manchester City chief Pellegrini, who of course led the Citizens to the Premier League title back in 2014, as well as two League Cup successes during his time in the North West.
As such, there are many optimistic and expectant Hammers supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports detailing that William Carvalho is seeking to terminate his own contract at Sporting Lisbon.
And given the East London club were heavily linked with the £22.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) last summer, Pellegrini must take advantage of these reports, as the midfielder’s addition would undoubtedly solve a key problem at West Ham.
Ultimately, the central midfield ranks have been lacking in sufficient quality and depth at the London Stadium for a while now, what with Cheikhou Kouyate often out of form, and Pedro Obiang spending much of this term out with injury.
Yes, Mark Noble deserves credit for his consistency levels in the middle of the park, but with Manuel Lanzini facing a lengthy spell out with injury, it’s clear what area of the squad Pellegrini simply must address this summer if the Hammers are to move to the next level.
And Carvalho’s arrival would certainly solve that particular issue.
The 26-year-old came up through the ranks at Portuguese giants Sporting and has since gone on to appear 193 times for the club, in which time he has managed 11 goals and laid on 14 assists.
Yet it’s not the contributions that West Ham will be seeking, but instead his ability to dominate and control the midfield area, at the same time bringing the sort of industry and strength that simply has been lacking in the middle of the park in recent times.
And having someone like the Portugal international, who of course helped his country to Euro 2016 success, can only be a good thing for the likes of Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic, as his presence in the midfield will allow them to be more creative and expansive in the final third of the pitch.
Ultimately, the central midfield area has been a key problem for the Hammers in recent times, and addressing that this summer is absolutely imperative if they are to challenge for the European spots next season, and thus finally make the step up in their new stadium.
And with Carvalho reportedly seeking to end his time at Sporting, likely as a result of players being attacked by supporters last month, Pellegrini must seek to seize the initiative and land the 26-year-old this summer.
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