Despite all of the noise that was coming out the London Stadium last month, in the end, it was a very quiet January transfer window at West Ham.
Marko Arnautovic was not sold, while the Hammers were unable to get a deal over the line for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez (TEAMtalk).
It was not a completely unproductive transfer window, though, with Manuel Pellegrini managing to land Samir Nasri on a free transfer in a move that is starting to look like a very smart one.
Having been out of the game for sometime due to a doping ban, eyebrows were raised when it was announced that Nasri was training with West Ham ahead of potentially signing for the east London club.
But since joining Pellegrini’s side on a deal until the end of the season, it is fair to say Nasri has gone on to quash any fears that came with his arrival.
In attack, he has proven to be useful in a period where injuries have not been too kind to West Ham. At 31, Nasri has lost some acceleration and his ability to dribble past multiple opponents during a counter-attack like during his days at Arsenal.
However, he has shown that he still plays with the sort of intelligence that made him such a dangerous playmaker during his prime, while he also still has the footwork to manoeuvre the ball away from a defender’s challenge.
Technically, Nasri has been a superb addition to West Ham’s squad and one worth keeping around beyond this season.
Should the Frenchman be able to maintain his fitness and continue contributing to goals like the Declan Rice one he was involved in his side’s 1-0 Premier League win over Arsenal last month, then a new contract should definitely be on the cards.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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