Former England international Paul Robinson has urged West Ham United striker Albian Ajeti not rush into a decision about his future at the club.
The Swiss striker moved to the London Stadium from Basel in the summer, for a fee of £8 million (BBC Sport).
However, he has struggled to make an impact during his time with the Hammers so far. Indeed he has made just five substitute appearances in the Premier League with his only starts for the club coming against Oxford United and Newport County in the EFL Cup (Transfermarkt).
It was reported by Sky Sports that Ajeti is frustrated with his lack of game time at West Ham and that he was open to leaving on loan in January, although he can only join a club starting a new season having already played for both Basel and the Hammers this term.
Robinson believes that it is too early for Ajeti to make any decisions about his future and has urged him not to rush into anything.
Speaking about the Swiss striker’s future, the ex-Spurs goalkeeper told Football Insider: “He’s still only 22 and he’s come in and not played which is obviously going to be very very difficult.
“And he’s not played in a team that’s struggling, he’s played the minimum amount of minutes, he’s featured in a couple of League Cup games.
“So he’s come in and not hit the ground running.
“I think it’s too early to make any kind of judgement or decision on his future, whether he’ll be leaving or not, and it’ll be interesting to see whether he sticks around if the manager leaves.
“When you’re in that situation as a player, I’ve been in it myself, when you’re not in the squad, sometimes it better to stick around as your four-year contract will more than outlast the manager’s.
“I made the mistake at Tottenham, well not a mistake, but I didn’t get on with Juande Ramos at the time and I left, then three months later he was gone.
“In hindsight, if given the option again, maybe I should have stayed a bit longer? I don’t know but you don’t want to do anything rash especially as it was such a big move for him coming from Basel.”
Robinson has a point here, especially given that Manuel Pellegrini’s job is far from secure at the moment.
Indeed it was reported by The Guardian that the Chilean would be sacked if they lost at Southampton recently and although they won that game, he is still likely to be under pressure having lost seven of their last 10 league fixtures (Transfermarkt).
If he does go, then it could open up some opportunities for Ajeti as a new manager will have different ideas and may favour different players.
With his options limited in terms of who he can join on loan, he may be better off seeing this season out with West Ham and if he still hasn’t had much game time then he should look to move on.
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