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Review so far: Pellegrini must regret selling Kouyate

Review so far: Pellegrini must regret selling Kouyate

West Ham had an incredibly tough start to the season as the Hammers were handed games against Liverpool and Arsenal to start. 

After a summer which saw the squad change massively while the club also brought in a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini, it was always going to take time for the squad to begin to play well and start to gather points.

Although the Hammers recently lost to Brighton and Tottenham, before those losses, Pellegrini’s side had beaten Man U and Everton while holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw.

In terms of the squad depth, with Pellegrini adopting to a three-man midfield, West Ham need a good batch of midfielders who can step in.

The former Man City boss signed Carlos Sanchez over the summer while also adding Jack Wilshere but in truth, neither are great fits. Wilshere is incredibly injury prone and is at his best in the number 10 role, a position that Pellegrini has shifted away from. While Sanchez just isn’t a good player.

Declan Rice has bee outstanding at the base of midfield with Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang playing alongside him but outside of the young midfielder, West Ham don’t really have an adequate player to step in.

One player they sold who could’ve provided not just depth but also quality, is not Crystal Palace midfielder, Cheikhou Kouyate. Rated at £9 million, the tall midfielder could’ve played at the base of midfield or even alongside Rice in a 4-3-3. He can get forward well and is also a solid physical presence at the back.

Although Pellegrini is taking West Ham into a new era, it might have been wise to keep the Senegal international.

Thoughts West Ham fans? 

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