Football Manager 16 team guide: West Ham

What you start with…

A budget of nothing is largely down to the Hammers splashing the cash over the summer, but your squad is strong enough as it is. You can’t change the budget, whatever you promise to achieve, so it’s probably safest to stick with what you have and wait for the second summer to invest.

What’s expected…

West Ham

Premier League: A top half finish will have the board happy, but push for any more than that and you could leave your superiors disappointed.

FA Cup: A run to the quarters and the fans shan’t be too gutted, but, as ever, the Hammers faithful would love to see their side make it to Wembley and you’ll be in credit if you do.

Capital One Cup: Even if you fall at the first hurdle of the Capital One Cup, it won’t let anyone down too significantly.

Three to buy…

Sam Byram: Carl Jenkinson can be a bit of a marmite player, so Sam Byram is a well justified upgrade on the Arsenal loanee. Byram can operate anywhere down the right hand side of the pitch and should develop to be ready for an England debut within your first few seasons.

Sam Byram
Zach Clough: This Bolton youngster is ideal as a false nine, but can do a very good job for your side in a number of positions. As a forward player with excellent finishing and passing, he works well as a link up man and would be ideal for the runners of Valencia and Moses to go beyond him.

Rodrigo Palacio: With the form of Mauro Icardi, Palacio is not a first choice for Inter and he might be interested by some first-team football. Palacio can cover on the wings, but he would be an ideal man to play alongside, or rotate with, Diafra Sakho.

Rodrigo Palacio

Three to sell…

Andy Carroll: This carthorse looks to have finally played his last minutes for the Hammers if I got my way on FM. The target man is as injury prone as it can be and his technical ability doesn’t match up to that of the rest of the Hammers’ attacking players.

Andy Carroll
James Collins: Collins, with the signing of Ogbonna, is comfortably down the pecking order and it would make a lot more sense to upgrade him for a younger model. Ogbonna, Tomkins and Reid are all comfortably better options than the 32 year-old and getting his wages off the bill will help the club move forwards.

Joey O’Brien: With Carl Jenkinson being your first choice right-back and James Tomkins more than capable of covering there if need be, O’Brien should be one of the first players you look to offload. He’ll free up some of your wage bill and can even fetch you around £1million if you’re lucky.

Joey O'Brien

Youngsters..

Reece Oxford: After his star debut this season, Oxford shot to prominence and his FM ratings are equally as impressive. The teenager can become a versatile member of your squad and you’ll have to fend off the interest of some of the Premiership’s big boys.

Reece Oxford

Diego Poyet: The son of Gus is a highly regarded starlet at West Ham and he should be paid close attention to. The youngster can be a quality midfield player and develops a high quality passing range that will compete at the highest level.

Manuel Lanzini: He is only on the loan at the start of your save, but Lanzini must be a player that you target on a permanent deal. The creative midfield player can wreak havoc in between the lines against any side and teams up ideally with Payet.

Manuel Lanzini