West Ham aren’t that far off from being a very formidable side, although there is one issue that Manuel Pellegrini must address in the transfer market if he wants his team to be serious competitors for one of the domestic cups, or a place in Europe next season.
The Hammers have an excellent goalkeeper in Lukasz Fabianski, who has excelled so far in what is his debut season at the London Stadium. Ahead of him, the east London-based side have two excellent centre-backs in Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena, who have also caught the eye in their first few months at the club – the fact that this trio have all been signed recently proves that the club’s recruitment is looking in the right areas.
Club-record signing Felipe Anderson has starred out on the wing, whilst Robert Snodgrass, Marko Arnautovic and Samir Nasri make up the rest of an attacking quartet that has shown it can be effective under Pellegrini.
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Of course, you can’t forget the man of the moment at the club right now, Declan Rice. The 20-year-old is by far the club’s prize asset, and his stock is rising with every game right now. However, as a result of that, he deserves to play alongside an equally as competent midfielder, which Mark Noble unfortunately isn’t anymore.
The Irons should go all out to sign a player who is the same age as Rice in Schalke’s midfield sensation Weston McKennie.
Interestingly, the American star is reportedly on Jurgen Klopp’s radar over at Liverpool, so the Hammers have to steal a march on the bigger clubs before they swoop in for McKennie.
The 20-year-old is an energetic, box-to-box midfield dynamo who is very good on the ball, but also excels defensively and is a presence in the air.
If West Ham could bring McKennie to the London Stadium and pair him with Rice, the Hammers could have the base of their midfield sorted for the next decade.