Manuel Pellegrini just can’t catch a break.
The West Ham manager’s been plagued with injuries in recent months, impacting his ability to deploy a consistently winning side for the Hammers. That’s been a huge frustration for you Irons, we’re sure, never knowing who or how well the team are going to play.
Indeed, the latest victim to injury problems is January signing Samir Nasri, who’s recurring calf problems stopped him coming on against Chelsea (quotes sourced by the Evening Standard).
What a waste of time he’s looking like.
Since coming back to London, the 31-year-old’s had some really hot & cold moments. Despite making to headlines with a terrific performance against former side Arsenal – where he assisted the winner – he’s since failed to pick up from that performance.
In fact, Nasri’s failed to finish 90 minutes even once, mostly due to his lack of fitness and doesn’t look overly reliable, which was probably the main fear supporters had when he was signed in the first place.
The Hammers surely knew the risk they were taking in signing the injury-prone Frenchman in January, a deal reported by the Sun at the time to be worth around £80k a week. While his two crucial assists have proven the gamble worth taking, his fitness issue is a concern which means this alliance shouldn’t go any further.
Mostly reduced to substitute roles, he’s not as energetic, influential nor creative as he’s reputed to be. Even as a substitute, Nasri’s been frustrating apart from two bright games and doesn’t really deserve a spot ahead of some other talented West Ham players.
Pellegrini might be fond of the menacing Frenchman, but it’s time to face reality. Nasri is well past his best. West Ham would be making a foolish move in rewarding his inconsistent spell with another contract and should look to move him on after May.
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