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How many West Ham players would run through walls for David Moyes?

Robert Snodgrass says he would for current loan boss Steve Bruce.

Mathew Coull

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Aston Villa highlighted their promotion credentials at the weekend, by handing out a 4-1 thrashing against table-topping Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park. Goals from Albert Adomah, James Chester, Lewis Grabban and Birkir Bjarnason proved to be enough for Villa as they left their fans in raptures.

West Ham loanee Robert Snodgrass was again in good form. It was from his corner that Adomah scraped in the opener. Snodgrass then swung in a free-kick to perfection for Chester to touch home for Villa to take the lead again after Diego Jota had equalised.

After the game, the Scottish winger spoke highly of his manager Steve Bruce. He was quoted by the Daily Mail as stating:

“The lads want to run through a brick wall for him. He’s just got that hold of you. He’s got the traits of Sir Alex Ferguson where he gets the best out of players.

“The lads love him and respect him and he gives you a bit of licence. The one thing he wants is that you work hard for your team and that’s one thing I’ve done since I’ve come here. He trusts you.”

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on January 1, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

It was a brilliant sentiment from the wideman, one which will have West Ham fans thinking.

Whilst Villa had a great weekend, Snodgrass’ parent club West Ham were the disgrace of the Premier League. The Hammers lost 3-0 to Burnley at the London Stadium. The pitch was invaded by disgruntled ‘fans’ whilst the atmosphere at the ground was poisonous – especially toward the West Ham board.

Regardless of the crowd trouble, West Ham’s players have not been performing recently. Three defeats in a row, all by a difference of three goals, has West Ham edging closer to the relegation zone.

It certainly begs the question, would West Ham players do what Villa players would for Bruce with David Moyes?

HULL, ENGLAND – APRIL 01: Robert Snodgrass of West Ham United heads towards goal during the Premier League match between Hull City and West Ham United at KCOM Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Hull, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

The Scot seemed to have turned things around at West Ham after taking over from Slaven Bilic. However, many of the West Ham players did not step up to the challenge v Burnley and the same can be said about the 4-1 loss to Swansea.

Skimming through the West Ham team, only James Collins, Mark Noble and Marko Arnautovic stand out as players who put in their best effort in a West Ham shirt, even if their best is not always enough.

Snodgrass joined West Ham last January for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £10.2 million. He struggled to settle at the club and was told he could leave in the summer. After reuniting with former Hull boss Bruce the winger has been in fine form and West Ham will wish they had a player in such fine form.

If West Ham are to stay up, some of their players need to start playing for Moyes the way Villa’s players do for Bruce. Whether that will appease the West Ham fan discontent could be another matter.

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Reuniting Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri could lead West Ham to top half finish

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The 2017/18 season represents one of the most bizarre for West Ham supporters as, despite finishing 13th, the club will see their third managerial appointment in just seven months, with Manuel Pellegrini the latest manager to take the reigns in East London.

One of the biggest tasks for the Chilean tactician will be getting the summer transfer window right. This will involve strengthening in key areas if the club are to meet fans’ expectations and achieve a top-half finish next season.

The previous window for the Hammers initially looked promising, with some proven Premier League stars joining the London Stadium, including the likes of Javier Hernandez, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart.

However, Hernandez has endured most of his time on the bench, while Joe Hart’s terrible form has seen him axed from Gareth Southgate’s England squad. Pablo Zabaleta can hold his head high with the Argentine already considered a fan favourite.

Marko Arnautovic was undoubtedly the star arrival of the summer window and, despite the club paying a record £20 million for the Austrian international, his form under David Moyes justified such a high fee.

The 29-year-old finished the season for the Hammers with 11 goals and six assists in 31 league games, also securing the club’s Player of the Year award.  

Arnautovic will have a huge role to play next season and getting him the perfect strike partner will be crucial in whether Pellegrini is considered a success or not.

One man who could prove to be the ideal foil for the West Ham star next season, is his former teammate and Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri.

According to reports from The Sun, the Switzerland international is available for as little as £12 million, giving West Ham little reason not to swoop for the former Bayern Munich prodigy.

The speedy trickster finished the 2017/18 campaign with an impressive tally of eight goals and seven assists in 36 Premier League appearances but couldn’t help Stoke fight off relegation.

Under a manager like Pellegrini, who likes to play an attacking brand of football, the 26-year-old star could flourish to a great extent. His pace, skills and eye for goal are qualities that Hammers fans should not overlook.

Shaqiri has what it takes to make a difference for the Hammers next season and, having already played alongside Arnautovic for two seasons at Stoke, the duo will know each other’s game very well.

They could form a partnership that helps fire West Ham to a top half finish next term.

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Manuel Pellegrini should target reunion with Ignacio Camacho this summer

The new West Ham boss managed Camacho at Malaga.

Mathew Coull

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West Ham United have appointed Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager and the Chilean is set to be handed a big transfer kitty to try and turn things around at the London Stadium. But where should he look to bring in improvements? As so many managers do, Pellegrini might go to his past. He has already been linked with former goalkeeper Willy Caballero and midfield maestro Yaya Toure. But if West Ham really want to look at some of his former players, one excellent option is Spanish midfielder, Ignacio Camacho.

The 28-year-old midfielder was a pivotal figure in Pellegrini’s midfield during his time at Malaga. The orchestrator of the side from the centre of the park it was during his time at Malaga that he received his one and only cap for Spain.

Often linked with a move to the Premier League, with the likes of Liverpool, West Brom and Watford mentioned over the years, Camacho finally did leave Malaga last summer.

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He joined Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, taking over the captaincy at the club, and was supposed to lead them back into European football.

That certainly did not happen.

In the end, Wolfsburg only survived relegation by the skin of their teeth. Camacho, however, is fairly blameless. He underwent ankle surgery in October that saw his appearances diminish. He is now fully fit and played in both legs of Wolfsburg’s successful relegation play-off clash with Kiel.

West Ham, however, could surely try and lure him to England. The presence of his former boss Pellegrini would be a massive attraction for the player, who cost Wolfsburg a fee reported by ESPN to be in the region of €10 million (£8.8 million).

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The Hammers need another central midfielder and Camacho’s ability to play in a back three also makes him a double threat.

His vision, passing ability and leadership qualities would all be greatly received at West Ham where Pellegrini would hopefully get the best out of him once again.

If City are going to look at former Pellegrini players this summer, then Camacho should top that list.

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Manuel Pellegrini move for former player Willy Caballero makes sense

The Argentine goalkeeper is currently at Chelsea but West Ham may make a move.

Mathew Coull

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West Ham United need a new goalkeeper this summer. Last year they signed Joe Hart to replace a reasonably in form Adrian. The England stopper flopped at the London Stadium. Adrian, however, has not shown some of his previous better form since coming back into the side.

The Hammers can now start planning for the upcoming season and begin thinking about potential transfer options. They have appointed a new manager and Manuel Pellegrini is expected to get plenty of backing in the transfer market this summer.

One player that he might want to consider signing is a man he has worked with on two separate occasions in the past.

Willy Caballero is currently the back-up to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea. The Argentine stopper may be 36-years-old, but he still has plenty to offer. When it comes to saving penalties, there may not be anyone better in world football today.

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Pellegrini is the man who first brought the veteran stopper to England. The Chilean signed his fellow South American as back-up to Joe Hart back in 2014. He has also previously worked with him at Malaga and, as reported by The Sun, a reunion at West Ham does now seem like a possibility.

It would be a smart piece of business for West Ham. Caballero is surely not happy sitting on the bench at Stamford Bridge. At West Ham, regardless of whether they bring in another new face or not, he is more likely to get first-team football and enjoy the latter stages of his career.

It is a deal that makes sense on paper and would not come at a heavy price for West Ham. Fans should hope that Pellegrini can put this one together in the coming weeks.

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