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Three players West Ham should cut ties with this summer

Ruari Macneil

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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.

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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  1. Arthur

    April 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I would go further – in wilshere – creativity in midfield plus a freebie, Shelvey bite in midfield, shaw another freebie who would strengthen defence, Evans not expensive and again strengthen defence, fredericks another freebie to give us options, and buy a decent striker to partner Annie.
    Out Hernandez, Fernandez,hugill,Carroll and don’t sign mario which would give us a good kitty to further strengthen the squad

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Manuel Pellegrini’s poor China record should give West Ham cause for concern

The Chilean international looks set to join the Hammers.

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As Manuel Pellegrini inches closer to being named West Ham United’s new manager, many have applauded the potential appointment of a Premier League-winning boss.

With spells at some of the world’s most successful clubs, the Chilean is certainly an impressive acquisition for the Hammers.

Yet Pellegrini’s most recent coaching assignment has been nothing short of mediocre, a sign that should slightly worry West Ham supporters.

Pellegrini officially left Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune on Saturday, after just under two years at the club.

The Chilean was appointed in August 2016 and registered an unspectacular record at the club.

Pellegrini’s first season ended with Hebei in fourth position, yet the club missed out on AFC Champions League qualification by one place.

This year, the team has taken a dramatic step back in the opening months of the season.

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Under Pellegrini’s management, Hebei China Fortune currently sit eighth out of the 16-team Chinese Super League.

The side has only picked up just 15 points from 11 matches to date, a disappointing return considering Pellegrini has talents such as Ezequiel Lavezzi, Hernanes, and Gervinho at his disposal.

As the Chinese Super League is a far less important and internationally relevant league than La Liga or the Premier League, Pellegrini can perhaps be forgiven for not taking his job as seriously as his past assignments at Malaga, Real Madrid, and Manchester City.

Yet, his Chinese struggles are worrying nonetheless, as ideally West Ham supporters would like to be acquiring the services of a manager who enjoyed success at his most recent club.

In all, the ex-Manchester City manager still has a Premier League title to his name, a fact that makes his recent tough spell in Asia less concerning.

Nevertheless, Manuel Pellegrini’s underwhelming time at Hebei China Fortune reveals that the manager still possesses flaws and should not be expected to work immediate wonders at West Ham.

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West Ham can’t afford to lose Michail Antonio to Crystal Palace

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Uncertainty surrounds West Ham United as a summer rollercoaster looks inevitable with big changes on and off the field. That is starting with a change in the dug-out, where The Times say that former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is favourite to replace David Moyes. The club could pay a heavy price though, with Michail Antonio potentially at risk.

The Guardian say that London rivals Crystal Palace are looking to do their transfer business early and could pounce on the chaos at the London Stadium to poach the winger away from the Hammers.

The former Sheffield Wednesday man missed much of the 2017/18 season with on and off injuries from bruised ribs to calf strains and a pulled hamstring, which may suggest that now could be the right time to cash in on the explosive 28-year-old who relies on physicality and dynamic pace.

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Yet despite that, West Ham cannot afford to be tempted into selling. Despite being sidelined by injury at various points throughout the season, when fit Antonio was always one of the first names on the team sheet under both Slaven Bilic and David Moyes.

Antonio’s tenacity and determination shows why a new manager, whether it is Pellegrini or not, should look to build their team around the winger. Able to play in a variety of roles and a real fan favourite, the unpopular Irons board would be taking a huge gamble by allowing Antonio to depart.

It is no surprise that Palace are interested, and had it not been for injury some much more high profile clubs could have come calling, but West Ham must retain the services of Michail Antonio if they are to pursue hopes of pushing for Europe.

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West Ham should look to Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno to evolve their attack

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A summer of change is on the horizon for West Ham United this summer with the board currently on the look-out for a new manager. On top of that, the Daily Mail recently reported that attacking duo Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll both want out of the club, meaning that one of the first challenges for the new man in charge will be to revolutionise his attacking set-up. And one man he could turn to would be Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno.

There have been no reports linking Rodrigo with a move to the London Stadium and it would take a strong financial package to convince the Spanish international to give up Champions League football, but Calciomercato recently claimed that he would cost just £30 million with Tottenham and Everton among the clubs to be hovering.

Having been Valencia’s top scorer this season with 19 goals to date, Rodrigo’s pace and intelligent movement up-front would offer exactly what his side have been crying out for in a one dimensional attack all season long.

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David Moyes even resorted to fielding Marko Arnautovic as a makeshift centre-forward at time purely for his pace and strength, something that Rodrigo has in abundance. Having shone up against the defences of Barcelona, Real Madrid and many other top European sides in Spain, he could relish the chances to do so away from the Iberian peninsula.

Valencia themselves could be open to a deal if the offer is right, according to MARCA, and it is hard to see why West Ham would be put off. The club have tended to focus on players with experience of British football of late but that has not produced results.

The 27-year-old has shown that his ability to dribble and create chances out of nothing would bring back entertainment to east London, something that has been sorely missing for the Hammers and their fans ever since Dimitri Payet left in January 2017.

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