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West Ham: Winston Reid injury a bad sign

West Ham: Winston Reid injury a bad sign - West Ham

Winston Reid didn’t feature in West Ham’s 1-0 friendly win over Fulham on Saturday, with ExWHUEmployee confirming that is down to an injury or knock.

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The fact the centre-back has picked up an injury so soon may be a worrying sign for his future prospects at the London Stadium, as Manuel Pellegrini had decided to give him pre-season to prove his fitness and form, as reported by Football Insider.

Reid didn’t play a single match in the 2018/19 season, having picked up a knee injury which kept him out for a total of 484 days, as per Transfermarkt.

The 31-year-old has represented West Ham 223 times, but there were signs of his declining influence even before the last campaign, as 2017/18 saw him feature in less than 20 games for the first time since his debut season in East London.

His statistics, as per WhoScored, have steadily decreased since 2015/16 as he made less than half the number of tackles and interceptions in 2017/18, while he also made fewer clearances and blocks.

During his absence, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena have both come into the club, becoming Pellegrini’s main centre-back partnership, playing 33 and 23 Premier League games respectively.

In comparison to the pair, Reid’s numbers from his last season only bettered Balbuena’s in blocks and Diop’s in clearances.

A mixture of Reid’s already declining influence and the new defenders who have arrived in his absence, make it difficult to see how he can get much game time next season – even if he is able to stay fit.

The fact that the 31-year-old has already picked up another injury is concerning for his West Ham career, considering this is supposed to be the period where he is proving his fitness. With this in mind, it could be the beginning of the end.

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