Manuel Pellegrini’s ability to revolutionize a team’s style is there for all to see, as proved during his stints with the likes of Malaga or Manchester City.
Now, the task is much bigger at West Ham United, where he won’t get all the luxuries which the elite sides provided. Still, there have been some promising signs during his maiden campaign in Stratford and the Hammers can look forward to an exciting future, should he get his way.
Clearly, there’s some fairly decent money available in the Premier League these days. Indeed, the Irons are set to splash the cash for important recruitments this summer and according to reports from CalcioMercato, they are interested in signing AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu.
Exciting stuff, right?
Well, while he might not have enjoyed the most fruitful season in Serie A, the Turkish midfielder’s talent is unquestionable.
He can fit into West Ham’s attacking style very well and bulk up their attack. Calhanoglu’s impressive passing ability, tendency to chances through the middle or crossing ability can add to the Hammers’ unpredictable attacking line. Most interestingly, though, the 25-year-old can work wonders with Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini, both slightly different than him.
While Lanzini acts as their creative lynchpin and Anderson marches forward for goals, Calhanoglu’s more versatile in making the best of both roles. He can also surge ahead as a winger, or play a more proactive role as a midfielder. By averaging 2.6 key passes, 2.8 shots per game (stats via WhoScored), Calhanoglu’s remained a consistent figure in AC Milan’s attack.
More creativity in a deeper role, as well as someone to put chances on a plate for his teammates during set-pieces, the former Leverkusen ace has the makings of a cult-hero in claret and blue.
The report claims that West Ham have held an interest in the magician for some time now and that the Rossoneri would be looking for around €30m (roughly £25.71m), a fair chunk of the reportedly fairly small budget (as per the Daily Star last month) Pellegrini would be offered in comparison to the £100m spent last year.
Still, he’d be worth it. If managed correctly, the 25-year-old really is that good.
The Turkish international can work to Anderson or Lanzini’s strengths whenever required to. He can influence more freedom for them to express themselves, mixing his silk with their flair and to create a deadly combination for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
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