Following their terrible season under David Moyes, West Ham had to not only bring in some adequate recruits but also bring in a manager who could take the club back into the top ten.
So far this season it looks as though West Ham have hit the mark with their summer recruits as Issa Diop, Felipe Anderson and Lukasz Fabianski have all impressed in the early stages of their respective West Ham careers.
With so many new faces at the club, it was always going to take time for the former Manchester City boss to find out his best XI but also institute his style of play. Against Everton and Chelsea, Pellegrini decided to play a 4-3-3 formation with Declan Rice at the base of midfield with Pedro Obiang and Mark Noble either side of him.
Recently Rice has been in contract talks as he looks to improve on his relatively minimal salary and recently he had turned down a reported £15,000-a-week offer but today, Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that he expected there to be no problems with Rice’s future at the club.
Against Liverpool, Rice had a tough game as he was constantly overrun and given no help. However, in the last two games the youngster has thrived when given some protection either side of him.
Playing with two midfielders, Rice has been able sit in front of the back four and break up play while supplying the attack. West Ham would be foolish not to sign him up to an improved deal and with Pellegrini reasonably relaxed about the situation, West Ham fans should be relieved.
West Ham fans, thoughts?