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West Ham United: Bradley Dack not worth the hassle for Manuel Pellegrini

West Ham United: Bradley Dack not worth the hassle for Manuel Pellegrini

The hunt for players that suit the system is ongoing at West Ham United.

As Manuel Pellegrini surely plans a proper overhaul in the summer, his wish-list is growing longer and longer with each passing week. Knowing their financial restrictions, the Hammers need to be economical with their signings.

Not only are they aiming to improve their front-line, but are also aiming to help make Felipe Anderson or Manuel Lanzini’s jobs easier. According to reports (via The Daily Mail), the Hammers have turned their attention towards Blackburn Rovers’ star Bradley Dack. The 25-year-old had a stunning season in the Championship, scoring 15 and assisting 7 goals throughout the season.

The vibrant attacking midfielder might be a powerful goal-scoring outlet, but the Hammers need more of a protective layer to their creative duo. Dack has the qualities akin to Lanzini, only with a more emphatic goal-scoring ratio. Indeed, the Hammers probably need someone to free up space for their vibrant midfielders, control the tempo of the game and be a linking figure in attack.

Clearly, the team needs more control at times. Too often do they look fairly listless when on the ball when things aren’t going right and, while Dack is far from the most stylish name in the world, the former Gillingham ace would add some blood and thunder to the ranks.

But, sadly, that’s about it.

While Dack could be a decent signing nonetheless, he’s not worth fighting over for the Hammers. They reportedly face competition from other Premier League rivals and the 25-year-old could cost possibly more than £18 million as well. Ridiculous stuff, given the Daily Star, have suggested already that Pellegrini may not have as big a budget as last season on offer.

Would the Blackburn star really be an upgrade on the likes of Anderson or Lanzini? Not at all. A luxury kind of bench-warmer and, right now, that’s not the most pressing area of concern for those in claret and blue.

Indeed, the Hammers should look towards a more complete midfielder to fit the cause, as they already have a majestic Argentine to fulfil the creative or occasional goal-scoring qualities Dack brings with him.

West Ham fans, do you think Dack can fit into the system properly? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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