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Felipe Anderson an attractive option but doesn’t solve West Ham’s clear weaknesses

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Felipe Anderson an attractive option but doesn’t solve West Ham’s clear weaknesses

Manuel Pellegrini’s impact is already becoming apparent in East London.

According to reports from the Daily Mail, West Ham have launched an audacious £35 million bid for impressive winger Felipe Anderson who currently plays for Lazio in Serie A.

The 25-year-old right winger is highly rated after firing four goals and providing seven assists last season and would be an impressive addition for Manuel Pellegrini and his side.

However, according to the Mirror, West Ham have a summer budget of £75 million and to spend nearly half of that on a winger – considering their biggest problems lie in central midfield and defensive areas – could cost the Hammers if they fail to spend smartly.

West Ham captain Mark Noble is now 31 years of age and, despite another reasonably solid campaign from the Englishman, Pellegrini must surely be considering expanding his midfield options as the club cannot keep relying on their skipper to feature in more than 30 league games per season.

 

Meanwhile, Senegal captain Cheikhou Kouyate is another player who hasn’t cut it in the midfield area for the Hammers. The 28-year-old has been a regular scapegoat for supporters with poor performances frustrating the club’s fans who, after four years, still remain unaware of his strongest position.

At £60,000 a week he is one of the club’s higher earners and, considering his poor form, this is another position that should surely prioritise over another attacking addition.

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Defensive issues are another problem the West Ham board must surely address ahead of further firepower up-top, considering they boasted the worst defensive statistics last season, conceding the most goals in the Premier League, alongside relegated Stoke City.

With Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic arguably the East London side’s best players, the Hammers’ forward options are not in desperate need of a reshuffle. Under a new manager, Javier Hernández could also still yet prove himself as the potent goal scorer that he is, next season.

It’s positive to see West Ham being linked with such impressive European names, but if the club are to kick on and achieve a desired top-ten finish next season, it would surely be smarter to strengthen in more appropriate areas before pursuing attractive attacking options.

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  1. Razor

    June 3, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Josh my son why you keep saying that buying him is half the budget? It’s only 75k that’s been mentioned to press for starters I’m sure pelle will get what he wants forgetting prices. Firstly nothing for fredericks or Wilshire soon especially as Wilshire is a hammers supporter. Secondly were be selling at least 25k of players that’s 100k and we need five players max after those two are added which gives an average 20k per player brought in and that’s just what’s bee given out to press as for sure if wages are fair and not wanting 200k a week from the greed of the game then whatever pelle wants will be met by Sullivan who wants to get on the side of fans this time. Pelle would not of come here unless he is given full charge of buying and selling . To leave is byran Snodgrass Reid Carroll fernandes hopefully cresswell hugill and maybe chich

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