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West Ham

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Last season: 1oth   

key player 

Many will say Felipe Anderson who can be a match winner, however, key player could be A Yarmolenko who was just beginning to settle in English football last season when unfortunately, was injured and side lined for the entire campaign. Fit again should bring goals, pace and skill to the side.

SIGNINGS SO FAR

Matt Smith – Forward from QPR

Pablo Fornals 

Roberto

David Martin 

Sebastien Haller 

Having signed two goalkeepers to replace the outgoing Adrian both of whom will be squad players and back up to Fabianski the highlight could be either Fornals or Haller both of whom could have a major impact on the team. Hammers have a disappointing list of Strikers for many seasons so here is hoping that Haller can finally be the signing to get the goals. 

Who TO SIGN

We needed a Striker and that box is ticked (hopefully), however, one further Striker is required I would have taken a gamble on Daniel Sturridge but possibly we could take Danny Welbeck for nothing. A Left Back is needed as cover and/or to replace Aaron Cresswell. 

EXPECTED FINISH

Expect to finish in the Top 10 again, however, see no reason why the team cannot push for 7th or 8th place finish. Why? We have a very good Manager and have many talented players within the squad they just need to improve on consistency and travel better. The Top 6 will remain as is potentially for the foreseeable future, however, 7th down is up for grabs for about 10 of the remaining 14 teams. 

EXCITING GAME

Look forward to every game but probably Tottenham Hotspur is one of the highlights of the season. 

TROPHY?

West Ham never expect to win a trophy!! Once you get to the latter stages of the Cup it becomes available to anyone you just need a bit of luck or the right draw. We will take the League Cup!! 

Arnie x China

Arnie x China. Nǐ hǎo.

It’s been a whirlwind week in the life of a West Ham fan, as one time crowd-favourite Marko Arnautovic handed in a transfer request before being sold to the Chinese Super League for a figure reported to be around £22million.

The move sees the Austrian’s 6 year stay in England come to an end. A period that saw him spend four years at Stoke City before making a £25million move to the Hammers.

It was July 2nd when the news of Arnautovic’s transfer request broke, but it will have of no surprise to Hammers fans and hierarchy alike. The enigmatic forward has form in this area, having done the same at Stoke forcing his move to the London Stadium, before repeating it in January of this year when rumours of a £35million bid from Guangzhou Evergrande came to light.

Arnautovic uses his brother as his agent, an approach much lamented by Stoke and West Ham fans alike, with many predicting that Danijel (the brother) is behind the immature nature of the transfer negotiations with only his own financial interests at heart.

He played a total of 210 games in England, with 145 for Stoke and 65 for West Ham scoring 48 goals. A goals per game ratio of one goal every 4.3 games, a lacklustre tally for such an arrogant forward.

It does however mean West Ham are left with only two out and out first team strikers in Jordan Hugill and Javier Hernandez. Andy Carroll was released at the end of the season when his contract expired and Lucas Perez joined Arnautovic in gaining a move abroad when he moved back to Spain.

A move for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomnez fell through over the past few days. Manuel Pellegrini looked set to add the forward to his ranks for a club record £45million, but the clubs failed to agree a payment structure and now Gomez looks set to move elsewhere.