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Antonio Candreva rumours reflect how limited Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham resources are

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Antonio Candreva rumours reflect how limited Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham resources are

West Ham United fans are used to declarations of intent and promises which often end up being broken and the summer of 2018 could be yet another similar spell for Hammers fans with Antonio Candreva the latest player to be linked.

The Inter Milan man would have been an exciting option not so long ago. Regularly scoring into double figures and assisting even more, he was a key man for Italy and Lazio, even more recently in his debut campaign at San Siro in 2016/17.

Now TuttoMercatoWeb say that Manuel Pellegrini could turn to him to add an option in a wide attacking position, an area covered by the loan of Joao Mario last season, who could not displace Candreva in Italy.

The truth of the matter is though, that Candreva is a downgrade. Clearly on the decline, the 2017/18 season was the first in which he failed to score since 2006/07 playing in the third division of Italian football for Ternana Calcio.

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What is perhaps even more concerning is that of his eight assists, a seemingly acceptable return for a winger, not a single one of them came after Christmas as age appeared to take its toll on a player who remained first choice and missed only two Serie A games all season, both in that latter half of the campaign.

 

In terms of calibre and experience, Candreva could bring something to the London Stadium, but it looked as though West Ham were keen to avoid such signings. The likes of Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart were signed in that mould last summer, with Patrice Evra added later on in the season and only a year on, Zabaleta is the only man to remain in east London.

How Pellegrini wishes to line-up with his new club remains to be seen, but Candreva would not bring the energy and pace that fans have been crying out for.

Pellegrini may not have the resources that he has had in the past and he’s clearly biding his time to bring in the attacking options that he is hoping for. Whether that is Candreva could prove to be season defining.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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