West Ham United insider source Claret & Hugh have this week reported that Samir Nasri’s hopes of landing a contract with the club beyond the end of the season are fading.
Manuel Pellegrini signed the veteran on December 31 on a deal until the end of 2018/2019 at the turn of the year and while he’s impressed at times, the Frenchman has been hampered by injury.
Today, three Football FanCast writers give their verdicts on whether or not the Hammers should keep Nasri.
“I think they should give him another 12-month deal. Experience can be vital for a club like West Ham with the ambitions that they have, and the Frenchman has bundles of it. While he may have struggled with injury issues at times, he has shown his quality for the Irons when he has been on the pitch. Considering he costs nothing in terms of a transfer fee, West Ham won’t do any better if they search elsewhere for a player in his position. In addition, he is a player that can help Declan Rice grow in stature and improve his forward passing if partnered with him in the centre.”
“I’m afraid that his days at the top level are numbered. It seemed a shrewd signing when Nasri initially made the move and for a split moment it looked like his link up with Pellegrini could have paid dividends for West Ham. However, he’s only shown up once and that was unsurprisingly against his former team Arsenal. The Frenchman was a spectacular player back in his day but West Ham can’t keep spending money on players that are past it.”
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“Samir Nasri made a good impact in his first few weeks at the club, and there’s absolutely no doubting his quite evident quality. However, West Ham should not keep trying to flog a dead horse now injury problems and fitness worries seem to have set in with the Frenchman. Manuel Pellegrini needs to give up on this player who he is quite clearly very fond of, although it isn’t worth keeping him around on such high wages when he has offered very little.”