Manuel Pellegrini has named Carlos Sanchez as an important player, as quoted by West Ham United’s official website.
The Chilean claimed that the Colombian and Andriy Yarmolenko are “two important players” for the Hammers this campaign.
Speaking about the 33-year-old midfielder, Pellegrini said: “Carlos is the only replacement we have for Declan Rice and he is working very hard to recover his performance that he had before his injury.”
Sanchez started two Premier League matches last season, coming off the bench five times, accumulating just 240 minutes of playing time, as per WhoScored – though that was largely down to a knee injury that kept him out for the majority of the campaign, as per Transfermarkt.
In the games he did play, Sanchez averaged 0.6 tackles, 0.1 interceptions and 0.7 clearances while completing 88.8% of his passes, although he wasn’t involved as much as could be expected, averaging 20.4 passes per game.
He has played just seven minutes of the Hammers’ first two games this campaign – though with Rice in the holding midfield role it is unlikely he will see much game time.
It is understandable that Pellegrini has said Sanchez is an important player, as anyone who would replace Rice in West Ham’s midfield will have a role with plenty of responsibility.
However, the Hammers should not be in a position where they could be found relying on a player such as Sanchez, who didn’t have much of an impact at all last season.
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