West Ham United are destined for a safe finish in mid-table for 2018/19.
It’s been an up-and-down campaign for the Hammers, but all-in-all it’s been a satisfactory first season for Manuel Pellegrini.
More will be expected in 2019/2020, but the Chilean and his team have show signs of real promise this term.
There could be a lot of chopping and changing this summer, especially regarding the manager’s attacking options.
All four of Pellegrini’s forwards have been linked away from the club at various points; Marko Arnautovic to China (The Daily Mail), and the futures of Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez both unclear. Andy Carroll appears to have played his last game for the club following surgery to his ankle.
With so much uncertainty, the manager should consider throwing Xande Silva in more often.
Silva joined the club last summer as a low key acquisition from Vitória Guimarães for £2 million (The Mirror), and has been with the reserves for most of the season.
He was handed his first-team debut during the 2-0 away defeat to Burnley, and then played against Birmingham City in the FA Cup, but has not featured since.
Silva has been unlucky with injuries during his first year with the club. Most recently he has been recovering from surgery after a hernia problem.
He started off the season in excellent form in Premier League 2, hitting seven goals in six matches.
The youngster is now fit again and with West Ham set for a comfortable finish to the season, he should be given more game time by Pellegrini, especially if multiple attackers could be leaving this summer.