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Three players West Ham should cut ties with this summer

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Three players West Ham should cut ties with this summer

West Ham United‘s season has not gone to plan this year, with the club under-performing given the quality they possess within their squad.

The arrival of Pablo Zabaleta, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic to name but a few will have had the Hammers faithful licking their lips at the season ahead. However, an abysmal start to the campaign saw Slaven Bilic axed and David Moyes brought in to replace him.

To give Moyes credit, the Scotsman did well to steady the ship and West Ham look to have successfully avoided the drop. However, work must be done in the summer to rebuild the squad and get rid of some old faces.

The following three players have not performed to the best of their ability, and could definitely be replaced for the better of the team.

Andy Carroll

Hammers fans will have very mixed opinions on whether or not to retain Andy Carroll for the seasons to come.

It is safe to say the 29-year-old has failed to live up to expectations after hitting the headlines at Newcastle as a youngster, which earned him a big money move to Liverpool.

Having spent the last half decade in East London, Carroll’s record of 26 goals in 87 league appearances has been distinctly underwhelming, but the 6ft4in striker’s injury woes are the real reason behind his inclusion on this list.

Carroll has simply been unable to maintain fitness for long enough periods to allow him to excel at the club and, as a result, the Hammers may be better off cutting their ties with the England man and bringing in a new face to help lead the line.

Joe Hart/Adrian

Like Hernandez and Arnautovic, Joe Hart arrived in East London with a point to prove, and Hammers fans will have been hopeful of the England veteran putting his poor form behind him to shore things up at the back and launch himself back into contention for a starting place for England this summer.

To put it simply, things have not gone to plan, and the goalkeeping situation at the London Stadium has been fairly dire the entire campaign.

Hart, who started the campaign as first choice, was swiftly dropped for former number one Adrian after a poor run of form. Shortly after, Adrian experienced similar fortunes and was dropped to make way for Hart once again.

Neither ‘keeper has been impressive at all this term, and the club could definitely do with bringing in a fresh face between the sticks. With Hart on loan, he should be sent back to Manchester City and Adrian will likely stay on.

However, following this season’s performances, the Spaniard should be resigned to a spot on the bench at most.

Cheikhou Kouyate

Although a useful option due to his versatility, Kouyate has been involved in too many games where West Ham’s midfield has been completely overrun by their opposition.

The centre of the park is an area of major concern for David Moyes and must be addressed this summer. One-club man Mark Noble is unlikely to make a move and as a result Kouyate should be sacrificed to free up space in the squad for a new midfielder.

The Senegalese international has been a stalwart in the side since joining from Anderlecht, yet this has not necessarily always been simply down to his strong performances.

With a number of youngsters coming through at the club, such as Josh Cullen and Marcus Browne, cutting ties with Kouyate would increase the chances of game time for the academy duo, while providing space in the squad for a quality addition to partner Noble.

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Ruari Macneil

Life long lover of sport in general with a soft spot for football. A consistent defender of Scottish football as a spectacle. Desperately waiting to see my country qualify for a major tournament.

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