Manuel Pellegrini is under pressure already after West Ham lost their opening three games in the Premier League.
The Hammers were defeated by Liverpool on the opening day of the season with Pellegrini’s side looking shaky at the back and blunt in attack. A Marko Arnautovic penalty put them ahead against Bournemouth before they conceded two in six minutes to lose 2-1 against the Cherries. Just two games into his reign as manager, the pressure is already on.
With Manuel Lanzini sidelined for the foreseeable future, the Hammers need to replace the creativity they lost in attacking midfield. While their defence is concerning, the lack of chances being created will also trouble the former Manchester City manager. Despite the transfer window closing, West Ham can still sign free agents for their cup squad.
Therefore, one man they should consider signing is controversial playmaker – Samir Nasri. Valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt, the Frenchman is no stranger to the Premier League after spells with Arsenal and Manchester City. He lifted two Premier League titles during his time with the Citizens and worked under Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium.
Since leaving City, his career spiralled out of control quickly. He joined Turkish side Antalysapor but mutually terminated his contract back in January. In February, Nasri was banned from football after being spotted using drip treatment. His ban was extended to 18 months, but the Frenchman is free to train with a club in November.
The playmaker made over 200 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 36 and assisting 42. The 31-year-old still has what it takes to perform at a high level if he can prove his fitness. Available for free, it could prove to be a risk worth taking for the Hammers.
West Ham fans, thoughts?