Manuel Pellegrini brought in four attacking players in the summer and each of their seasons so far have taken a different turn.
David Gold certainly backed his new manager in the summer, allowing the Chilean to spend over £100m on new signings to bolster their squad to push West Ham United in the right direction and towards the Europa League spots.
Pellegrini spent the money wisely across the board but placed a particular focus on improving the squad’s attacking options, bringing in Felipe Anderson, Andrii Yarmelenko, Xande Silva and Lucas Perez.
Anderson has excelled so far scoring eight times and assisting twice in the Premier League so far, Yarmelenko was starting to sustain a place in the side prior to his injury, Silva has been in remarkable form for the U23s with seven goals in six Premier League 2 games, yet Perez is yet to have the same successes.
Having been brought in from Arsenal during the summer, it seemed that despite the slight price, the Spaniard could solve The Hammers’ attacking woes in the up top.
Perez has not stepped up to the plate in that role, he has also been used as a second striker and out wide, yet neither roles have worked as he has netted four times in 13 games, with just two of them coming in the Premier League.
His lack of a clinical nature and a physical presence has been his downfall as it seems he just is not cut out for the Premier League.
Perez is evidently not in favour with Pellegrini and if he was to be moved on after five months, it would surely make room on the wage bill for a more natural striker to provide some stiff competition for the forwards to get the best out of all of them.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!